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All About North Carolina

State Facts

North Carolina was the 12th state to join the union. It became a state on November 21, 1789.

State facts about North Carolina

Capital - Raleigh

Abbreviation - NC

Nickname - Tar Heel State

Motto - "Esse Quam Videri" - To Be Rather Than to Seem

Song - The Old North State

Bird - Cardinal

Flower - Flowering Dogwood

Insect -

Area - approximately 53,821 square miles

Websites for studying about North Carolina

North Carolina State Symbols Games

Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about North Carolina

A to Z Kids Stuff - North Carolina

Fun Educational Activities

The 50 States - North Carolina

From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on North Carolina

Mr. - North Carolina

Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of North Carolina resources.

Explore the States - North Carolina

From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.

50 - North Carolina

Facts & Trivia about North Carolina - North Carolina

Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in North Carolina

Awesome America - North Carolina

Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about North Carolina.

North Carolina Map/Quiz Printout

North Carolina State Quarters Coloring Pages

In 1999, the United States Mint began striking a new quarter about every ten weeks to honor one of the 50 states—that is, five new quarters every year—until the program ended. The quarters were struck in the same order as the states' birthdays.

North Carolina Virtual Field Trips

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