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North Carolina // Raleigh, NC // Southern Region // Eastern Time
(The Tar Heel State)
First permant settlement: 1653 by Virginia colonists
(Charter) Colony of Carolina created: March 24, 1663, extended in 1665
North and South colony established: 1712, Royal colonies in 1729

Independence declared:

April 12, 1776
Union admittance: November 21, 1789 // 12th state

Secession from Union:

May 20, 1861
Confederacy joined: May 21, 1861 (last state)
Civil War: April 12, 1861 - May 9, 1865
Readmitted to Congress: June 25, 1868
End of Reconstruction: November 28, 1870
[Display overwiew of states formed out of the original 13 colonies]

#4311 // April 16, 2010
(self-adhesive coil definitive)
Flags of Our Nation Series
North Carolina State Flag
great glue heron,
Cape Hatteras lighthouse
#1985 // April 14, 1982
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
State Bird & Flower of
North Carolina
Red Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
and Flowering Dogwood
#1644 // February 23, 1976
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
American Bicentennial Series
North Carolina State Flag

#796 // August 18, 1937 // Manteo, NC

350th Anniversary of the birth of
Virginia Dare on August 18, 1587,
first child of English parents born
in America on Roanoke Island,
the "Lost Colony",
present-day North Carolina

Virginia and her parents
Ananias and Eleanor Dare

#2093 // July 13, 1984 // Manteo, NC
Roanoke Voyages
400th Anniversary of the first attempt
to settle on Roanoke Island, North Carolina

"The Elizabeth",
50 tuns sailing ship led by
Captain Thomas Cavendish

Vessel of the second Roanoke voyage,
sailed from England on April 9, 1585
(Roanoke voyages in 1584, 1585, 1587).
#2347 // August 22, 1989 // Fayetteville, NC
North Carolina Statehood,
Ratification of the Constitution
on November 21, 1789

American Dogwood blossoms
(Cornus florida)

#1448-1451 // April 5, 1971 // Hatteras, NC
(se-tenant block of 4 different stamps
containing one overall design)

National Parks Centennial
Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Abandoned shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean,
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (first built in 1802),
black-headed gull sitting on driftwood,
sandy shore and marram grass
That area contains some of the earliest sites of English colonial settlement. Located along North Carolina's Outer Banks, the shores are home to thousands of waterfowl and have become the final stop for sections of ships that have been wrecked on the shoals.

#3593 // April 4, 2002
(ex pane of 50 stamps, one for each state)
Greetings from North Carolina

Illustration of contemporary postcard
in the style of the 1930s/1940s

View North Carolina state quarter
View North Carolina state map
View North Carolina clock

"Carolina" is taken from the Latin word for "Charles (Carolus)"
honoring King Charles II. of England (* 1630, r. 1660, † 1685),
who made the original land grant in 1663.
Land Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
48,711 [126.161]
ranked 29th
(census 2010)
ranked 10th
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
197 [76]
ranked 16th
The State of North Carolina has 100 counties.

The ZIP code turned 50 in 2013

Stamped Cards 

#UX132 // June 17, 1989 // Cape Hatteras, NC
Stamped Postal Card
America the Beautiful Series

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse,
shore and seagull

#UX133 // August 26, 1989 // Cherokee, NC
Stamped Postal Card
America the Beautiful Series

Forest, deer and waterfall


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