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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The History of North Carolina

One of the 13 original colonies, NC is filled with historical events that even many natives are in the dark about. The state was given it’s title, North Carolina way back in 1663. It was then that King Charles II declared the land between the Virginia Colony and Florida to be the Carolina charter. Centuries later, we can reflect on the numerous historical movements that developed our beloved Tar-Heel State.

  1.  North Carolina was the first state to vote for independence

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    Following the Battle of Lexington, North Carolina was the first state to declare independence from England. On May 20 1775, a group of military leaders met in Mecklenburg county to sign the “Mecklenburg Declaration”.

  2. North Carolina native, Andrew Jackson became the 7th president

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    In 1828 Andrew Jackson from the Waxhaws region became the seventh president of the United States.

  3. North Carolina native, James Polk became the 11th president

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    A few terms after Jackson, another NC native, James Polk became the eleventh president in 1845.

  4. Civil War battles in NC

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    Between 1861 and 1865, Civil War battles took place in NC killing more then 40,000 North Carolinians.

  5. First successful flight

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    1903 Wright brothers made man’s first successful flight at Kitty Hawk

  6. First sit-ins

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    The fist sit in to protest segregation at lunch counters occurred in 1960 in Greensboro.

  7. North Carolina sent the most recruits to fight for the Confederacy

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    North Carolina sent more recruits to fight in the Civil War on the Confederacy side than any other rebel state.

Carly Rutledge

Growing up in various states along the east coast, I've developed a love of all things local. I currently live in North Carolina and wouldn't move for anything! I love the beach, animals, and creating my own adventures. I encourage everyone to travel and never be afraid to fail.

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