Welcome to: North Carolina
Famous for its beautiful beaches, world-class universities, and sweet potato production, North Carolina is one of the original 13 colonies. It was the first colony to instruct delegates to vote for independence from the British crown during the Continental Congress. It became a state on November 21, 1789.
Nicknamed the Tar Heel State, the capital of Raleigh has become a busy technology hub.
The early settlers encountered many tribes, including the Catawba, Cherokee, Creek, Croatan, Tuscarora, Tutelo, Saponi, Carolina Siouana bands (Cheraw, Chicora, Waccamaw).
With its extensive plantation system, North Carolina became a major cotton and tobacco exporter following the American Revolution.
In 1861, North Carolina became one of 11 states to secede from the United States, beginning the American Civil War. While no battles were fought in the state, North Carolina sent more recruits to fight for the Confederacy than any other rebel state.
Nicknamed the Tar Heel State, the capital of Raleigh has become a busy technology hub. It’s not the first time the state has been recognized for innovation. In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first man-powered flight off a cliff near Kitty Hawk covered 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds. Today, visitors can relive that first experience and “take flight” off the cliffs at Kitty Hawk.
North Carolina became the site of one of the nation’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries when a group of colonists vanished without a trace in Roanoke Colony in 1587. The only clue was the word “Croatoan” scratched on a post that had enclosed the settlement. That alone is worth a visit to investigate!