(State of North Carolina)
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- Location: Southeastern United States
- Capital: Raleigh
- Language(s): English
- Population: 9,687,987
- Total Area: 139,581 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Alcohol is sold only in licensed stores.
- Most Popular Drink(s): Pepsi, wines, beers
- Nickname(s): Old North State, Tar Heel State
- What You Must Do in North Carolina: Check out some nice furniture.
Situated in the southeastern part of the United States, the state of North Carolina is the twelfth of the original 13 states responsible for the formation of what is now the United States of America. The state is bounded on the south by South Carolina and Georgia, Virginia to the north and Tennessee to the west while the Atlantic Ocean lies to the east. The state is traditionally classified as one of the Southern states and it has a hundred counties and is one of the largest producers of tobacco in the country in addition to being a major center for agriculture. Unlike many of the other states visited, a considerable chunk of the North Carolinians stay in the rural areas. The history of the state is indeed quite interesting and is the site of some of the most important events in the United States and it played a crucial role in the American Revolution and during the American Civil War when it was part of the Confederacy. It declared secession from the Union after Tennessee and was battered by the effects of the Civil War. The capital is Raleigh although the largest city is Charlotte.
As at the time the first explorers from Europe arrived the state, it was already inhabited by the Native Indians (especially the Cherokee). By the 17th century, English immigrants flooded in and brought Blacks with them to work on the plantations. Today, around three-fourths of the residents are Whites while the other ethnic groups include the Blacks (African Americans), Hispanics (Latinos), American Indians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. It is important to point out that Blacks make up almost a quarter of the population while it has the largest population of American Indians in the region. Christianity is the major religion with Evangelical Protestants forming the largest denomination.
If there is any state in the United States where you are sure of getting good food, it is North Carolina. In this state, food is serious business and your Carolinian hosts will do all that is necessary to ensure that you are well-fed. From boiled peanuts to fried chicken, you have it all in North Carolina. The pig pickin’ is a local favorite in the state and is prepared on special days. To make the meal, a whole pig is cut and smoked for hours before it is sliced and served. Pig pickin’ is really tasty and will leave you wishing for more celebrations. As mentioned earlier, chicken is hugely popular in the state and you will be served on a regular basis –especially fried or roasted. In some other parts of the state, you will be treated to hush puppies, which are made from fried cornmeal dumplings and sliced onions. Hush puppies are usually served with fried fish.
Although North Carolina is still far from Missouri when it comes to winemaking, the state also has some nice wines and in some other parts, you will be treated to sweet iced tea. Beers and other alcoholic drinks are available.
The most widely enjoyed sports in the state are:
- Ice hockey
- Indoor football
- The state is a major producer of tobacco.
- Some of the finest furniture pieces in the world come from this state.
- North Carolina is one of the original English Thirteen Colonies.
- The state of North Carolina was one of the last to join the Confederacy and was also the last to secede.
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