North Carolina was separated from South Carolina in 1712. It's history dates back to the Roanoke Colony in 1587 and the birth of the first white child in colonial America, Virginia Dare. Roanoke founder John White returned to England for supplies. Upon his return in 1590, White found the colony abandoned.
The frontier regions of western NC were opposed to slavery, which was prominent in the eastern part of the colony.
During the late 1760s, some Carolinians opposed the government of the colony. These "Regulators" took up arms against newly appointed governor William Tryon in 1771. Tryon had built a lavish mansion in New Bern the previous year. Tryon's army defeated the Regulators at the Battle of Alamance.
North Carolina was the site of two overwhelming Continental victories during the Revolution. At Kings Mountain, a force of patriot militia attacked and defeated the loyalist militia there. At the Battle of Cowpens, Daniel Morgan's brilliant strategy in the use of the normally undependable militia led to the defeat of Col. Banastre Tarleton's elite troops and cavalry.
Family connections: Cawby
Additional reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_North_Carolina