Interesting facts about North Carolina include that it became the 12th state to join the Union in November of 1789 and that U.S. presidents Andrew Johnson and James Polk came from this state. The state bird is the cardinal, and the state flower is the dogwood.
Although the English established a colony in Roanoke in 1585, it was not a successful venture, and the first permanent settlement was not created until 1653. North Carolina was named for the English monarch King Charles I and is derived from the Latin equivalent "Carolus."
Many famous events occurred in this state, such as the first airplane flight by the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk in 1903 and the founding of the nation's first public university, the University of North Carolina. Pepsi was also first made in New Bern, North Carolina in 1898. Some rivers in this state are the Roanoke, Yadkin and Neuse Rivers.
Raleigh is the capital of this state, but its largest city is Charlotte. One of North Carolina's nickname is the "Tar Heel State." There are 29 state parks. Similarly, there are many state attractions, such as the Biltmore Estate, Carl Sandburg's residence, Blue Ridge National Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains. Some famous people born in North Carolina include O. Henry, Thomas Wolfe, Dolly Madison and Billy Graham.