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Friday, November 21, 2014

North Carolina: Beauty Amplified

This Day in History: November 21, 1789

North Carolina, Tar Heel State, Old North State, Land of the Sky

North Carolina State Motto: “To Be Rather Than to Seem” (Esse Quam Videri )

"Where soars Mount Mitchell's summit great, In the "Land of the Sky," in the Old North State!"

What does North Carolina mean?
Carolina is taken from the Latin word for Charles (Carolus), honoring King Charles I of England (who made the original land grant in 1629). North Carolina was formed in 1729 when the Carolina colony was divided in two.
In early days, tar was one of North Carolina's major products, thus, the adaptation of its nickname The Tar Heel State. There are two contradictory stories about the origin of this nickname and reference to 'tar heel'. Both stories concern Civil War battles in which North Carolina troops were involved. Old North State simply comes from the division of land in 1729 that divided the Carolina province into what is known today as North and South Carolina. Land of the Sky was derived from the book, The Land of the Sky (1876), by Frances Fisher Tieran (pen name Christian Reid). This nickname references the Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina.

One of the thirteen original colonies, North Carolina has a long an interesting history. Following the Revolutionary War, the state developed an extensive slave plantation system and became a major exporter of cotton and tobacco, although the slave population remained relatively small compared to that of other southern states. On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to join the union. In 1861, North Carolina became one of eleven states to secede from the United States, beginning the American Civil War. 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 the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation. In 2011, farmers within the state harvested 64,000 acres—yielding 1.28 billion pounds of the vitamin A-rich tubers. The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh
[The thirteen colonies were: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations]

 North Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States.

The voice of the Northern Cardinal is a rich what-cheer, cheer, cheer; purty-purty-purty-purty or sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet. Also a metallic chip.
 Horses are official state symbols in 14 states.

 North Carolina State Red & Blue Berries: Strawberry & Blueberry

 For all State Symbols of North Carolina click HERE!

 North Carolina State Song: The Old North State


  Beauty Amplified


The Appalachians
Ancient mountain culture of merit
Smoky Mountain wilderness
Wondrous diversity of spirit


Blue Ridge Mountains
Beauty of many layers
 Ridge upon ridge of forest
 Tendering morning whispers


 Panoramic views
From sunrise to sunset
Barrier to east-west travel
Splendor to never forget


Autumn's signature
Far beyond the towering trees
A spectrum of vibrant color
Vast as the state's honeybees


Blue hues of winter
 Tales of Cold Mountain unfurled
Snow and ice crystals
Atop a different world


Springtime sunlight
 Accentuating morning haze
Life in the foothills
Reflective of bygone days


Land of waterfalls
Summer's cooling slide
That's North Carolina
Beauty amplified

©2014 Sharla Lee Shults

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  North Carolina Facts and Trivia

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