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  North Carolina was the 12thstate in the U.S.A.; it became a state on November 21, 1789.

State Abbreviation - NC
State Capital - Raleigh
Largest City
- Charlotte
Area
- 53,821 square miles (North Carolina is the 28th largest state)
Population - 8,049,313 (as of 2000) (North Carolina is the 11th most populous state)
Major Industries - farming (tobacco, poultry), textiles, furniture

Presidential Birthplaces
James Knox Polk was born in Mecklenburg County on November 2, 1795 (he was the 11th President of US, serving from 1845 to 1849).

Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh on December 29, 1808 (he was the 17th President of US, serving from 1865 to 1869).

Major Rivers - Neuse River, Roanoke River, Yadkin River
Major Lakes - Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Phelps, Lake Waccamaw
Highest Point - Mt. Mitchell - 6,684 feet (2,037 m) above sea level
Bordering States - Georgia,South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
North Carolina -was named to honor King Charles I (Carolus is Latin for Charles).
State Nickname - Tar Heel State
State Motto - "Esse Quam Videri" (To Be Rather Than to Seem)
State Song - The Old North State

Dinosaur Fossils Found in North Carolina - Hypsibema, Lophorhothon, Zatomus.



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