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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