North Carolina, The Tar Heel State

North Carolina, The Tar Heel State

by Sandra Merville Hart North Carolina’s large pine forests made them the world leader in production of tar, pitch, rosin, and turpentine from 1720 to 1870. The nickname, The Tar Heel State, seems to date back to the Civil War. North Carolina soldiers stayed and bravely fought in a fierce battle when soldiers supporting them fled. After the battle, a North Carolina soldier joked with one of fleeing soldiers that Jefferson Davis planned to put tar “on you’ns heels to make you stick better in the next fight.”   North Carolina’s early history In 1629, England’s King Charles I divided Virginia south of Albemarle Sound and called the area Carolana. People from Virginia moved there in 1653 and settled the area. The first English baby born in the...

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Maryland, the Old Line State

Maryland, the Old Line State

by Sandra Merville Hart Maryland’s nickname, “Old Line State,” was given by General George Washington. He referred to the Maryland Line, soldiers who bravely served in many Revolutionary War battles. Maryland’s early history King Charles I of England gave George Calvert the land north of the Potomac River in 1632. This land had originally been given to the Virginia colony. People of Catholic faith were mistreated in England. George wanted to begin a community where Catholics could worship freely. Named after a Queen King Charles I was married to Queen Henrietta Maria. Maryland was named after his wife. In 1634, it became our fourth colony. Francis Scott Key’s famous poem Francis Scott Key witnessed the British attack of Fort McHenry in 1814. This...

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Maryland, The Old Line State

Maryland, The Old Line State

Did you know …  King Charles I of England gave George Calvert the land north of the Potomac River in 1632. This land had originally been given to the Virginia colony. People of Catholic faith were mistreated in England. George wanted to begin a community where Catholics could worship freely. Named after a Queen King Charles I was married to Queen Henrietta Maria. Maryland was named after his wife. In 1634, it became our fourth colony. Francis Scott Key’s famous poem Francis Scott Key witnessed the British attacking Fort McHenry in 1814. This fort protected the important city of Baltimore, Maryland. When the American flag still flew the next morning, Francis knew the British hadn’t won. He wrote the famous poem, “The Star Spangled...

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