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The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh.
The 2-Letter Postal Abbreviation / Code for North Carolina: NC
Typical abbreviation for North Carolina: N.C.
The pronunciation of North Carolina:
When the people of North Carolina refer to themselves: 1:
Time Zone: The state of North Carolina is in the Eastern Time (EST/EDT) zone and observes daylight saving time.
Nicknames for North Carolina: "The Tar Heel State"; "Old North State"
State Motto: "Esse Quam Videri" (To be rather than to seem)
State Bird: Cardinal (cardinalis cardinalis)
State Tree: Longleaf Pine (pinus palustris)
State Flower: American Dogwood (cornus florida)
State Song: "The Old North State"
Statehood: North Carolina became the 12th state on Nov 21, 1789. It was the 10th state to secede from the Union (on May 20, 1861) and following the Civil War, it was the 4th Confederate state to be re-admitted (on July 4, 1868).
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