Geography• North Carolina is a southern state• Borders Virginia to the north, South Carolina to the south, Tennessee on the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east• Coastal Plan makes up 45%• Piedmont Region makes up 35%• Appalachian Mountains and foothills
Climate• The coastal plain is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean keeps temperatures mild in the winter (40-60) and moderate in the summer (89).• The Atlantic Ocean has less of an influence on the Piedmont Region which has hotter summer (90-100) and colder winters (40 or below)• Appalachian Mountains are the coldest with daytime highs only in the 30’s.
History• 1567 : Spanish colonial forces • 1861 : Last of the Confederate were the first to settle. States to declare secession from• 1729 : Once known as The the union. Province of Carolina, the • 1865 : North Carolina regiment northern and southern parts fired the last shots to end Civil separated. War.• 1781 : General Cornwallis won • 1865: End of the war, slavery was the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, abolished present day Greensboro. • 1903 : Wright Brother flew the• 1789 : North Carolina became the first plane at Kitty Hawk 12th state to ratify the • 1996 : Divers found a bronze bell constitution. dated 1705, an English musket• 1861 : First Confederate soldier to gun barrel, and 18th century be killed in the Civil war was from cannons and cannon balls North Carolina. belonging to the Queen Anne’s Revenge. This ship belonged to Black Beard
Demographics• White 68.5%• African American 21.5%• Hispanic or Latino 8.4%• Asian 2.2%• Pacific Outlander 0.1%• Some other race 4.3%• Two or more races 2.2%• Largest city is Charlotte with a population of 731,424• Jacksonville carries the smallest with only 70,145
Economy• Covers 15 metropolitan areas• 2010 : North Carolina’s total gross state product was $424.9 billion• 2010 : Was chosen the third best state for business by Forbes Magazine.• 2011 : The civilian labor force was around 4.5 million. Employment nearing 4.1 million.
There are many types of transportation in NorthCarolina• Air • Road• Water • Rail• Public Transportation
Colleges This system also includes several historic African Americanand colleges and universities :Universities • North Carolina A&T State University • North Carolina Central UniversityIn 1795, North Carolina opened • Winston – Salem Universitythe first public university in the • Elizabeth City State UniversityUnited States, University of NorthCarolina (currently known as the • Fayetteville State UniversityUniversity of North CarolinaChapel Hill). Since then UNC has North Carolina is also home to many well known privateopen several public universities in colleges and universities :several areas :• East Carolina • Duke University• Western Carolina • Wake Forest University • Davidson College• Asheville • Elon University• Charlotte • Guilford College• Greensboro• Pembroke First school for young women in the south• Wilmington• School of the Arts • Salem College• Appalachian State University
SportsNorth Carolina competes on every level ofcompetition in the United States.• NASCAR• NBA• NFL• NHL• Indoor football• Indoor soccer• Minor League basketball• Minor League ice hockey
Attractions• Carowinds• Merlefest• Brushy Mountain Apple Festive• Concord Mills• Mall at Millenia• Charlotte Motor Speedway• Wet’ n Wild Emerald Point• Biltmore Estates• Light houses• Aquariums• 34 state parks• 14 national parks
Music Famous musicians from NorthDifferent Genre of North Carolina Carolina• North Carolina is famous for • Roberta Flack its traditions in old time folk • Randy Travis music. Earliest recordings • Clay Aiken dated early 20th century. • Fantasia Barrino• Country music in the late 1920’s. • Kellie Pickler• Blue’s originated in Winston • Bucky Covington Salem. • Chris Daughtery• The Triangle Area is well • Anoop Desai known center for punk, jazz, • Scotty McCreery metal, rock and folk.
Ships of the State• USS North Carolina, a World War II battleship. This ship served in several battles against the forces of Imperial Japan in the Pacific Theater during the war. Now decommissioned it is part of the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in Wilmington.• USS North Carolina, a nuclear attack submarine, was commissioned in Wilmington, NC on May 3, 2008
State Symbols• Motto : Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)• Song : The Old North State• Flower : Dogwood• Bird : Cardinal• Gemstone : Emerald• Rock : Granite• Sport : NASCAR
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