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What do you know about North Carolina Early History?
Try this Alan's US States Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) The earliest discovered human settlements in what eventually became North Carolina are found at the Hardaway Site near the town of Badin in the south-central part of the state.
What is the site approximate date?

  • 4000 BC
  • 6000 BC
  • 8000 BC

2) From 1000 BC until the time of European settlement marks a time period known as the "Woodland period". Permanent villages, based on settled agriculture, existed throughout the state.
What was the period known as?

  • Moon period
  • Skye period
  • Woodland period

3) By about 800 AD, fortified towns appeared throughout the Piedmont region, suggesting the existence of organized tribal warfare.

  • True or False?

4) Town Creek Indian Mound is a National Historic Landmark near Mount Gilead, Montgomery County, North Carolina. The site preserves a ceremonial mound built by the Pee Dee, a group of Mississippian mound building people that thrived in the Pee Dee region of North and South Carolina during the Pre Columbian era of American History.
What is believed to be Town Creek Indian Mound’s date?

  • about 1400 BC - 1100 BC
  • about 100 AD - 400 AD
  • about 1100 AD - 1400 AD

5) Who is believed to be the earliest European exploration of North Carolina in 1524?

  • John Cabot
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Giovanni da Verrazzano

6) In 1526, a group of Spanish colonists from Hispaniola led by Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón landed at the mouth of a river they called the "Rio Jordan".
What is believed to bee the river?

  • Cape Fear River
  • Mayo River
  • Pungo River

7) Hernando de Soto first explored west-central North Carolina during his 1539-1540 expedition. His first encounter with a native settlement in North Carolina may have been at Guaquilli.
What is believed to be the modern location?

  • Hickory
  • High Point
  • Winston-Salem

8) The earliest English attempt at colonization in North America was Roanoke Colony of 1584–1587, the famed "Lost Colony" of Sir Walter Raleigh. The colony was established at Roanoke Island in the Croatan Sound on the leeward side of the Outer Banks.

  • True or False?

9) A major American victory took place at King's Mountain along the North Carolina–South Carolina border. A force of 1000 mountain men from western North Carolina (including what is today part of Tennessee) overwhelmed a force of some 1000 Loyalist and British troops led by Major Patrick Ferguson.
What was date of the battle?

  • October 7, 1780
  • October 17, 1780
  • October 27, 1780

10) On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the fifth state to ratify the Constitution.

  • True or False?
Check Your Answers

North Carolina Early History

  1. 8000 BC
  2. Woodland period
  3. True
  4. about 1100 AD - 1400 AD
  5. Giovanni da Verrazzano
  6. Cape Fear River
  7. Hickory
  8. True
  9. October 7, 1780
  10. False. On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the twelfth state to ratify the Constitution.
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