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North Carolina is a state located in the Southeastern United States on the East Coast. It was one of the original Thirteen Colonies and was the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1861, it was the 10th state to secede and join the Confederate States of America. It is made up of three dominant regions: the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont, and the coast. Included in the Piedmont region are the Piedmont Triad, metro Charlotte, and the Triangle. The state, called the "Tar Heel State", features many well-known attractions, such as the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Outer Banks.

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Fort Dobbs was an 18th-century fort in the Yadkin–Pee Dee River Basin region of the Province of North Carolina, near what is now Statesville in Iredell County. Used for frontier defense during and after the French and Indian War, the fort was built to protect the British settlers of the western portion of what was then Rowan County from Cherokee, Catawba, Shawnee, Delaware and French raids into North Carolina. The fort's name honored Arthur Dobbs, the colonial Governor of North Carolina from 1754 to 1765. When in use, it was the only fort on the frontier between South Carolina and Virginia. On February 27, 1760, the fort was the site of an engagement between Cherokee warriors and provincial militia that ended in a victory for the militia. Fort Dobbs was abandoned after 1766, but archaeological work in the 20th century and historical research in 2005 and 2006 led to the discovery of the fort's exact location and probable appearance. The site on which the fort sat is now operated by North Carolina's Division of State Historic Sites and Properties as Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, and supporters of the site have developed plans for the fort's reconstruction.

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Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 viewed from Cullowhee, North Carolina.
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