"The Tar Heel State"
North Carolina is known as the "Tar Heel State".The abbreviation is N.C. The capitol is Raleigh and the largest city is Charlotte. The area of the state is 53,819 mi² and the population is 9.944 million. The motto is Esse quam videri which means "To be, rather than to seem (to be)". The state song is "The Old North State".
North Carolina was the first state to instruct its delegates to vote for independence from the British during the Continental Congress. Following the Revolutionary War, North Carolina developed a large slave plantation system that became a major exporter of cotton and tobacco. The slave population remained small compared to southern states. In 1861, North Carolina became one of 11 states to secede from the United States, beginning the Civil War. Despite no major battles being fought in the state, North Carolina sent more recruits to fight for the Confederacy than any other rebel state. In 1903, the state became the site of the first manned self-propelled airplane flight when the Wright brothers took off from a cliff near Kitty Hawk.
North Carolina is a popular state for diverse industries from food to racing . North Carolina contains some of the biggest race tracks and where most major race teams call home including Joe Gibbs, Hendrick, and Penske. They also have the Charlotte Motor speedway, North Wilksboro, and Rockingham. Some of the Headquarters in N.C. are Bank of America, BB&T, Burts Bees, Cook Out, Duke Energy, Hanes and Krispy Kreme. They also have a large education system. The college triangle that contains North Carolina State, Duke, and the University of North Carolina is a famous part of N.C..
Things to do
If you visit North Carolina you have many things to do from their borders of the Atlantic Coast to The Great Smokey Mountains. Some things in between are the many racetracks, the Nascar Hall of Fame, the Biltmoore house, Kitty Hawk and many museums and parks across the state. You could also visit the Eastern part of N.C. to have pulled pork with a thin vinegar based sauce known as Carolina bbq or maybe some whole pig bbq.
Famous People and Places
Some famous people born in N.C. was the actress Julianne Moore, the baseball player Catfish Hunter, the songwriter/singer Eric church, and former president Andrew Johnson. Some famous nascar drivers were born in N.C. Ralph and Dale Earnhart sr. and jr., Lee, Richard, and Kyle Petty, Junior Johnson, Ned and Dale Jarrett, Bobby Isaac, Benny Parsons and Buddy Parker. Some famous places is the Crystal coast, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, The Biltmoore House (Built for George Washington Vanderbilt the II), The Smokeys, Outer Banks, USS North Carolina (the battleship), Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.