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North Carolina is a state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N).

Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 8,049,313, a 21.4% increase since the 1990 census.
Capital, Raleigh.
Largest city, Charlotte. 
Motto, Esse Quam Videri [To Be Rather than to Seem].
State bird, cardinal.
State flower, dogwood.
State tree, pine.






North Carolina, in the warm temperate zone, has a generally mild climate, with abundant and well distributed rainfall. The state's congenial climate, its many miles of beaches, and its beautiful mountains attract large numbers of visitors and vacationers each year. Chief among the tourist attractions are the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smoky Mts. National Park. Wildlife abounds in national forests (the state has four) and in the Dismal Swamp. Places of historic interest include Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, on Roanoke Island; the Wright Brothers National Memorial, at Kitty Hawk; Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, at Flatrock; and Guilford Courthouse and Moores Creek national military parks.

North Carolina leads the nation in the production of tobacco and is a major producer of textiles and furniture. It grows 40% of all U.S. tobacco, but the continuing trend is toward diversification. Broilers, hogs, turkeys, greenhouse products, sweet potatoes, corn, soybeans, peanuts, and eggs are important. Plentiful forests supply the thriving furniture and lumber industries. The state has long been a major textile manufacturer, producing cotton, synthetic, and silk goods as well as various kinds of knit items. Other leading manufactures are electrical machinery, computers, and chemicals; the Research Triangle complex near Chapel Hill has spurred high-tech manufacturing, as well as bringing federal jobs into the state. The state also has mineral resources: It leads the nation in the production of feldspar, mica, and lithium materials and produces substantial quantities of olivine, crushed granite, talc, clays, and phosphate rock. There are valuable coastal fisheries, with shrimp, menhaden, and crabs the principal catches. Charlotte developed in the 1980s into a major U.S. banking center, and related businesses have flourished in the area.


*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.






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Anti-abortion activists hold banners reading "Rajoy: Will you betray me?" and "Life is sacred" during a protest in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Anti-abortion activists staged demonstrations in Madrid and other Spanish cities in a bid to pressure the government not to drop plans to introduce a reform that would seriously limit women's chances of having abortions. News reports say the government has decided to scrap the much-promised reform because of the widespread opposition it has roused. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government has scrapped plans to restrict the availability of abortion because there was no consensus for change, the prime minister said Tuesday.

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ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana filed an arbitration suit under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea in a bid to resolve its maritime border dispute with neighbour Ivory Coast, Ghana's Minister of Communications Edward Omane Boamah said on Tuesday. The countries have never officially delimited that boundary, and their maps showing offshore waters currently overlap. Any settlement to the long-running dispute could smooth the way for oil and gas exploration.

9/23/2014 7:20:40 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight college fraternities announced Tuesday an effort to work together on new training aimed at combating sexual misconduct, hazing and binge drinking.

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Greater Raleigh is home to master baker Lionel Vatinet, a national cookbook author, extraordinary teacher and owner of the prestigious La Farm Bakery in Cary, N.C. We’ve written about La Farm Bakery before because it’s just that special and unique. It’s the place where I go when I want to experience a little bit of […]

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