K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

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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Sketch showing route of the Burnside expedition [to Roanoke Island, N.C., February 6, 1862]
 Sketch showing route of the Burnside expedition [to Roanoke Island, N.C., February 6, 1862]
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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...
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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...
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1696 map of Carolina
1696 map of Carolina
This French map of Carolina from 1696 shows major inlets and rivers. An inset of the Cooper and Ashley Rivers in what is now South Carolina shows the names and locations of settlers in the area.
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1709 map of North Carolina
1709 map of North Carolina
An early representation of North Carolina. The map, published in 1709, shows the coast and the Outer Banks, and includes the names of the major inlets and rivers. The western part of the state is represented by open space dotted with tree and mountain icons,...
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1736 map of Carolina
1736 map of Carolina
1736 map of the Carolinas, from southern Virginia to northern Florida. Major ports, barrier islands, and coastal counties are labeled by name, and western regions are labeled according to natural resources and the names and locations of Indian groups. The...
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1738 map of North Carolina
1738 map of North Carolina
James Wimble's 1738 map shows the sounds and inlets of coastal North Carolina.
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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....
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1779 map of North Carolina
1779 map of North Carolina
At first glance, this 1779 map of North Carolina appears to be a disorienting jumble of words. The counties are labeled, but their borders are not delineated. Rivers, on the other hand, are carefully labeled, as are court houses, chapels, and Quaker meeting...
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1796 map of North Carolina
1796 map of North Carolina
This simple 1796 map of North Carolina clearly shows the names and locations of major rivers and a few towns. Hand-drawn mountain icons give a rough indication of topography.
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1814 county map of North Carolina
1814 county map of North Carolina
This 1814 map of North Carolina offers a clear illustration of the county borders at the time. Shading indicates topographical features. Western North Carolina is cropped off and inset in the bottom left corner of the map.
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1822 county map of North Carolina
1822 county map of North Carolina
1822 color map of North Carolina, colored by county. The map indicates topographical features, and is shaded to show the locations of swamps and mountains. The structure of the major river basins is also clearly visible.
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1833 map of North Carolina and South Carolina
1833 map of North Carolina and South Carolina
1833 map of North and South Carolina, showing major roads and towns, with county borders highlighted in color. The western part of both states is cropped off.
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1853 map of North Carolina
1853 map of North Carolina
Map titled "A new map of Nth. Carolina: with its canals, roads & distances from place to place, along the stage & steam boat routes." Shows North Carolina as it existed c. 1850.
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1860 county map of North Carolina and southern Virginia
1860 county map of North Carolina and southern Virginia
This 1860 map of North Carolina and southern Virginia clearly shows the county borders at the time. The map also depicts major roads and towns.
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1861 map of North Carolina and South Carolina
1861 map of North Carolina and South Carolina
An 1861 color map of North and South Carolina, shaded by county and showing the locations of major roadways and railroads.
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1869 map of North Carolina
1869 map of North Carolina
An 1869 color map of North Carolina. The map is shaded in three colors according to the forestation in different areas of the state: "Region of Coast Growth," "Long Leaf Pines," and "Oaks." Additional markings show the locations of mineral resources, including...
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1875 railroad map of North Carolina and South Carolina
1875 railroad map of North Carolina and South Carolina
This 1875 railroad map of North and South Carolina is shaded by county. While the names of some of the railroad lines are difficult to read, the routes and major destinations are clearly visible.
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1891 railroad map of eastern North Carolina
1891 railroad map of eastern North Carolina
1891 railroad map of eastern North Carolina and Virginia. A blue highlighted line emphasizes the Norfolk and Western railroad line. Other railroad lines are visible. Lines highlighted in red show what appear to be major water routes.
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1896 county map of North Carolina
1896 county map of North Carolina
1896 Board of Agriculture map of North Carolina shaded by county.
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