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LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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1640 map of southern Virginia and eastern Florida
1640 map of southern Virginia and eastern Florida
The title of this 1640 map, Virginiæ partis australis, et Floridæ partis orientalis, translates to "Virginia parts south and Florida parts east." At the time, Virginia included all the British land along the east coast, so the map covers the...
Format: image/map
1676 map of Carolina
1676 map of Carolina
1676 map of Carolina drawn by British cartographer John Speed. This is one of the earliest published maps of the colony, and it reflects the colonists' limited understanding of the territory, as well as some amount of wishful thinking. The map appears to be...
Format: image/map
1765 map of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia
1765 map of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia
This 1765 map depicts the southeastern colonies from southern Virginia to northern Florida (which was, at the time, East and West Florida.) When this map was drawn, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia extended as far west as the Mississippi River....
Format: image/map
An Act for preventing Tumultuous and riotous Assemblies
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.10
Text of the Johnston Riot Act passed by the North Carolina Assembly in 1771, empowering the governor and colonial officials to use military force to put down uprisings of Regulators. Includes historical commentary.
Format: legislation/primary source
Address from inhabitants near Haw River
The request of the Inhabitants of the West side of Haw river to the Assembly men and Vestry men of Orange County Whereas the Taxes in the County are larger according to the number of Taxables than adjacent counties and continues so year after year,...
Format: petition
An Address to the People of Granville County
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.2
Excerpt of a speech by George Sims, Granville County school teacher and Regulator leader, in 1765. Sims blames corrupt lawyers and public officials for the problems of small farmers in the Piedmont. Includes historical commentary.
Format: speech/primary source
An Aged Man in His Winter Garment
An Aged Man in His Winter Garment
"An Ageed Manne in His Winter Garment." Theodor de Bry's engraving of an American Indian man, published in Thomas Hariot's 1588 book A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia. In the foreground, the man is standing with his right...
Format: image/illustration
The Albany Plan of Union
In Colonial North Carolina, page 8.4
Transcription of a plan adopted by representatives of seven colonies in 1754 to place the British North American colonies under a more centralized government. Although never carried out, it was the first important plan to conceive of the colonies as a collective whole united under one government.
Format: constitution
Allen House
Allen House
The Allen House, a log home occupied by John Allen and his family in the late 1700s. Allen built the house for his family around 1780 near Snow Camp, North Carolina, in Alamance County. In 1967 the house was donated to the state and was moved to Alamance Battleground....
Format: image/photograph
Allen House cellar door
Allen House cellar door
Photo of the cellar door at the Allen House in Alamance County, North Carolina.
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Among the Tuscarora: The strange and mysterious death of John Lawson, gentleman, explorer, and writer
They've taken his clothes, picked the straight razor out of his pocket: one brave fingers it, touches the blade — bright blood springs from his thumb and he laughs. The pitch pine split by the women is ready, a clay pot full...
Format: article
By Marjorie Hudson.
The arrival of Swiss immigrants
In Colonial North Carolina, page 2.3
Although it was frowned upon in Switzerland, many Swiss citizens migrated to Carolina in the eighteenth century.
Format: article
An authentick relation of the Battle of Alamance
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.11
Contemporary newspaper account of the Battle of Alamance, fought between Regulators and militia led by Governor William Tryon on May 16, 1771. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Baptism of Pocahontas
Baptism of Pocahontas
John Gadsby Chapman's painting, commissioned in 1837, depicts Pocahontas' baptism in Jamestown, Virginia, around 1613 or 1614. In the painting, Pocahontas (soon to be baptized Rebecca) wears a white dress and kneels before a baptismal font in a church. Anglican...
Format: image/painting
Bar iron and smith's tools
Bar iron and smith's tools
The artifacts in this photograph were found in an excavation at the site of colonial Jamestown in Virginia. The photo was originially published in the National Park Service publication New Discoveries at Jamestown: Site of the First...
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Bed warmer
Video demonstration of a bed warmer, a tool used by families in the 1700s and 1800s to keep their beds warm.
Format: video/video
Benjamin Wadsworth on the duties of children to their parents
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.10
Excerpt from a book by an eighteenth-century Puritan minister about expectations for children's behavior and respect for their parents. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Blacksmith at Alamance Battleground
A reenactor demonstrates and explains the work of a colonial blacksmith and his role in the community.
Format: video/video
Boundary between North Carolina and the Cherokee Nation, 1767
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 4.2
1767 agreement between Governor William Tryon and Cherokee Indians in regard to boundary between colonial settlement and Cherokee lands. Includes historical commentary.
Format: document/primary source
A brief history of Blackbeard & Queen Anne's Revenge
The French slave ship La Concorde was captured by the pirate Blackbeard after a treacherous crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1717. The ship was renamed Queen Anne's Revenge, and it became the vessel in which Blackbeard carried out the notorious acts of his piratical career. By examining a variety of primary and secondary French documents, researchers have pieced together a limited history of the ship.
Format: article