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Origin of Name from the Latin word for Charles, honoring King Charles I of England (who made the original land grant in 1629). Area (rank) 53,821 sq mi (28th). Population (rank) 9,848,060 (10th). Capital Raleigh. Ratified Constitution (rank) November 21, 1789 (12th).
Notable North CaroliniansNotable North Carolinians
Carolina CharterCarolina Charter
King Charles II of England owed an enormous debt to the men who helped restore the monarchy, so on March 24, 1663, he rewarded eight of them with a grant of land that included what is now North and South Carolina.
BlackbeardBlackbeard
was the most feared pirate in the Caribbean from 1716 to 1718. His reputation for fierceness was so well established that merchant ships often surrendered to him as soon as they saw his flag, and he and his men were so good at what they did that they even took on, and beat, any warship that dared challenge them.

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