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North Carolina: Settlement & Statehood, 1700 - 1860

Sarah Hicks Williams - "A collection of letters from a 19th-century American northerner who married a southern slave owner [is] to go on display in Norwich [U.K.] to mark Black History Month." Sarah Williams' letters are housed at the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina, and are accessible on the WWW at containingmultitu....

(Image: "Avenues of Early Settlement" Source: C. Camp. ed., Influence of Geography upon Early North Carolina (Raleigh: Carolina Charter Tercentenary Commission, 1963). This article, entitled "Early Settlement" by David Goldfield, Professor of History at UNC, Charlotte, 2005, outlines in careful detail the development of the frontier in the North Carolina Colony during the period, 1657 through 1835.

"North Carolina County Formation" - Helpful chart with links to county history, formation dates for each county, and the county or counties from which subsequent counties were formed.

"Edenton, North Carolina, is a storybook place. The view across Edenton Bay and the Albemarle Sound from the foot of Broad Street, the lovely waterfront parks, the tree-lined streets flanked by fine eighteenth- and nineteenth-century homes, the magnificent 1767 Chowan County Courthouse with its green running to the water, together yield an unsurpassed feeling of romance, charm, and warmth. (The Chowan County Courthouse is a National Historic Landmark)."

"Surviving Through the Centuries" - "For over two and a half centuries, the Cupola House has stood watch from the north shore of Edenton Bay. It was built in 1758 by Francis Corbin, land agent for John Carteret, Earl of Granville. Carteret was one of the last famous Lords Proprietors who, in the 17th century, acquired vast territories south of Virginia from King Charles II.... Dr. Samuel Dickinson purchased the house [in1768]. His descendants called the Cupola House home for over 141 years."

A History of the State of Franklin - "A short-lived attempt to create a new state in the trans-Appalachian settlement of present-day East Tennessee, the State of Franklin arose from the general unsettled state of national, regional, and local politics at the end of the Revolutionary War."