Fun Facts about North Carolina – Advanced

Can you answer these questions about North Carolina? Search the internet for the information. Then check your answers at the bottom!

  1. Which vegetable does NC grow more of than any other state?
  2. What is “The Lost Colony”?
  3. Which famous doughnut restaurant was started in Winston-Salem, NC?
  4. In 1587, an English baby was born on Roanoke Island, NC. She was the first English child to be born in the “new world.” What was her name?
  5. What is the state motto (a sentence or phrase that shows someone’s beliefs) in Latin? What does it mean in English?
  6. How many capital cities has NC had in its history?
  7. Where did Raleigh get its name?
  8. What happened at Kill Devil Hills in 1903?
  9. Name 3 of NC’s major products (not including fruits and vegetables).
  10. When did NC enter the Union (become a state)?

North Carolina

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Now, check your answers.

  1. NC produces more sweet potatoes than any other state. In fact, the sweet potato is the official state vegetable of NC.
  2. In 1587, a group of people from England arrived on Roanoke Island, NC. They came to start a colony (a group of people from one country who start a new life together in another place). Their leader, John White, went back to England for supplies. He was delayed because England was at war with Spain. When he returned 3 years later, the colony was gone. The houses were gone (not destroyed), and the people were gone. John White found the word “Croatoan” carved (written by digging into a piece of wood or stone) into a tree. White thought that maybe the colonists had moved south to another island, called Croatoan. The Croatoan Indians lived there, and they were friendly. However, before he could go to Croatoan to find out, there was a hurricane, and he was forced to return to England. We are still not sure what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
  3. Krispy Kreme was founded (established/started) in Winston-Salem, NC in 1937.
  4. Virginia Dare was born in 1587 on Roanoke Island, NC. Her parents were Eleanore and Ananias Dare. The family was part of the Lost Colony.
  5. Esse quam videri = To be, rather than to seem
  6. NC has had 4 different capital cities. The first was Bath (1705-1722), followed by Edenton (until 1743). Then the capital was New Bern (1743-1792). Finally, a new capital city was established.
  7. The city of Raleigh was named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who paid for the establishment of the 1587 Roanoke colony (the Lost Colony).
  8. Wilbur and Orville Wright, brothers from Ohio, built the first successful airplane. On December 17, 1903, they flew the airplane for the first time at Kill Devil Hills, NC.
  9. Here are some NC’s major non-food products: tobacco, furniture, textiles, cotton, chemicals (pharmaceuticals, cleaning products), granite.
  10. North Carolina entered the Union on November 21, 1789. It was the 12th state to join.

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