North Carolina Trails to the Past



North Carolina became one of the English Thirteen Colonies, and was originally known as Province of Carolina. Settled by small farmers, sometimes having a few slaves, who were oriented toward subsistence agriculture, the colony lacked cities or even towns. Growth was strong in the middle of the 18th century, as the economy attracted Scotch-Irish, Quaker, and German immigrants. North Carolina was impoverished by the Civil War, and became increasingly locked into a cotton economy. Towns and cities remained few in the east, but a major industrial base emerged in the late 19th century in the western counties based on cotton mills. The state was the site of the first successful controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air flight, by the Wright brothers, near Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903. 

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