We hope everyone is enjoying their snacks from the Tar Heel State! Learning about North Carolina was extremely interesting, fun and educational! Its amazing history, impactful pioneers and diverse landscape are features that make North Carolina a wonderful place to learn about and visit if you have the opportunity!
In this blog, we’ll share some of the extraordinary things we learned about North Carolina and what snacks our subscribers thought were the tastiest of them all!
History of North Carolina
The earliest settlers in what is now known as North Carolina lived there at least 10,000 years ago. The North Carolina landscape made it the perfect area for hunters and gatherers to call home. As centuries passed, numerous Native American tribes such as the Cherokee, Woodland, and Mississippian tribes resided in North Carolina.
Europeans first came to North Carolina in the 1500s. It became the 12th colony in 1789, shortly after the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. North Carolina was also one of the 11 Confederate States that fought against the Union during the Civil War.
Why Is It Called The Tar Heel State?
The Tar Heel State might sound like a funny nickname for a state, but the name actually has an interesting story behind it. Workers in North Carolina used to sell tar, pitch and turpentine from the state’s longleaf pine trees to be used in wooden ships. Legend has it that British soldiers were slowed down when they stepped in the sticky North Carolina tar during the Revolutionary War. This was never proven true or false, but North Carolinians will adamantly say it’s true. This is also where the University of North Carolina got its name, the “Tar Heels”.
Who Were The Wright Brothers?
Have you ever paid any attention to a North Carolina license plate? If you have, you would have noticed it says “First in Flight” on it. You can thank the Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville, for that! They completed the first successful airplane ride in the dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903. The plane was gasoline-powered, propeller-driven, and stayed aloft for 12 seconds while covering 120 feet on its inaugural flight.
Something For Everyone!
Do you enjoy camping in the mountains? Gazing upon open plains? Relaxing on the beach? Or are do you enjoy an upbeat city life? North Carolina is one of the only states in America that can offer you all of these things.
The Appalachian Mountains is the largest mountain range in the eastern United States and some peaks are more than a mile above sea level!
North Carolina’s plains lay flat along the Atlantic Ocean and are divided into two parts, the Inner Coastal Plain and the Outer Coastal Plain.
From anywhere in the state, you are just a day-trip away from relaxing on the beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean!
The booming economies of Charlotte and Raleigh offer amazing restaurants, luxurious hotels, collegiate and professional sports, in addition to roof-top bars and nightclubs.
When visiting North Carolina, there’s a good chance you’ll find events and activities for you and the family to enjoy!
We were able to put an abundance of delicious gourmet snacks in our North Carolina subscription boxes! Fan favorites in February’s box were the Pine State Popcorn, Carolina Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Griff’s Pecan Toffee!