Top Facts about North Carolina

North Carolina is nicknamed the Old North State, as well as the Tar Heel State. North Carolina became the twelfth state in the United States when it ratified the Constitution on November 21, 1789. Prior to becoming a state, however, North Carolina was home to some of the earliest English colonies in the Americas, including the lost colony of Roanoke, whose inhabitants all mysteriously vanished sometime between 1587 and 1590.

Centuries later, North Carolina was one of the last states to leave the Union and join the Confederacy, and its loyalties remained divided throughout with some parts of the state attempting to remain neutral and others friendly to the North throughout the war. North Carolina can lay claim to fame as the home of the first successful flight in history, as brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the first powered aeroplane, called the Flyer, on December 17, 1903, on a beach near Kitty Hawk. The flight lasted only 12 seconds and covered only 120 feet, but it changed the history of the world! Today, North Carolina is known for sweet potatoes, cotton, barbecue, and tobacco, and as the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola and Krispy Kreme Donuts. Here’s a little bit more about North Carolina. I hope you enjoyed learning facts about North Carolina, the Old North State.