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North Carolina Colony


Charles II

Charles II by Adriaen Hanneman

Public Domain / Located in the National Portrait Gallery, London

Year North Carolina Colony Founded:


Founded By:


Motivation for Founding:

In 1653, some Virginians settled in what would become North Carolina. In 1663, King Charles II issued a royal charter to eight nobles to settle the area south of Virginia. They created Carolina and included the previous settlement. However, because of internal problems, the crown took over the colony and formed North and South Carolina out of it in 1729.

Significant Events:

  • This was a collection of disparate settlers which often led to internal problems and disputes.
  • The colony was one of the last hold outs to ratify the Constitution – after it had already gone into effect, and the government had been established.
  • The lost colony of Roanoke was located in what is now North Carolina.


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