Raleigh, North Carolina


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Raleigh, North Carolina

History of Raleigh

Raleigh is the capital and second largest city in North Carolina and the 43rd largest city in the United States. It is located in the region of the state known as the "Research Triangle," which also includes nearby Chapel Hill (University of North Carolina) and Durham (Duke University).

Raleigh was founded in 1792. It was named after Sir Walter Raleigh, the sponsor of the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke Island. Raleigh was said to be planned so that it was no more than ten miles away from a tavern that was popular with legislators known as Isaac Hunter’s Tavern. In 1808, future president Andrew Johnson, sworn into office following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, was born in Raleigh. In 1887, North Carolina State University, then, North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, was founded in Raleigh.

Today, Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in America. It is home to numerous culture sites including the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Its one professional sports team, the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, recently won the Stanley Cup (the NHL championship).


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