"TO BE RATHER THAN TO SEEM"
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. For more information please click on the links below.
North Carolina is a state in the southeastern United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (east), South Carolina and Georgia (south), Tennessee (west), and Virginia (north).
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 8,049,313, a 21.4% increase since the 1990 census.
Largest city, Charlotte.
Motto, Esse Quam Videri [To Be Rather than to Seem].
State bird, cardinal.
State flower, dogwood.
State tree, pine.
*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.
NC Colleges & Universities:
North Carolina Links:
http://www.agr.state.nc.us/ NC Dept. of Agriculture
http://www.ncdot.org/DMV/ NC Dept. of Motor Vehicles
http://www.dor.state.nc.us/ NC Dept. of Revenue
http://www.ncesc.com/ NC Employment Security
http://www.ncgov.com/ NC Government
http://www.governor.state.nc.us/ NC Office of the Governor
http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/ NC State Government Jobs
http://www.visitnc.com/ NC Travel Website
http://www.va.gov/midatlantic/facilities/fayetteville.asp VA Hospital Fayetteville,NC
http://www.va.gov/midatlantic/facilities/durham.asp VA Hopsital Durham NC
http://www4.medicare.gov/ Medicare Website
http://webapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/home.html Physician Select Website
NC Places to Visit:
www.memorialauditorium.com Raleigh, NC
www.crowncoliseum.com Fayetteville NC
http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/ Museum of History, Raleigh NC
http://www.ncpost23.org/MilitaryMuseum1.htm American Military Museum of Gastonia
http://www.aacc-charlotte.org/ Afro-American Cultural Center
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm Bentonville Battleground
http://www.nps.gov/caha/index.htm Cape Hatteras Park Service
http://www.carolinasaviation.org/ Carolinas Aviation Museum
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/fisher/fisher.htm Fort Fisher Historic Site
http://www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/foma/home.html Fort Macon State Park
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/horsesho/horsesho.htm House in the Horse Shoe
http://www.perigee.net/~mwaxhaw/ Andrew Jackson Memorial
http://nationalrrmuseum.tripod.com/ National Railroad Museum
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/maritime/default.htm NC Maritime Museum
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/capitol/default.htm NC State Capitol Building
http://www.nctrans.org/ NC Transportation Museum
http://www.ncpotterycenter.com/ NC Pottery Center
http://www.carolinalights.com/ NC Lighthouses
http://www.oldsalem.org/ Old Salem NC
http://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm Wright Brothers Museum
http://www.wilmingtonrailroadmuseum.org/ Wilmington Railroad Museum
http://www.tryonpalace.org/ Tryon Place, New Bern NC
http://www.wnchistory.org/museum/index.htm Smith-McDowell House
http://www.smokymountaintrains.com/ Smoky Mountain Trains
http://www.raleighcitymuseum.org/ Raleigh City Museum
http://www.museumofthealbemarle.com/ Museum of History Albemarele NC
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/maritime/branches/southport_default.htm Maritime Museum, Southport NC
http://www.soc.mil/swcs/museum/styline.html JFK Special War Time Museum
http://www.fortbranchcivilwarsite.com/ Fort Branch Civil War Site
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