Pre-16th Century North Carolina History Timeline
Pre-Sixteenth Century North Carolina History Timeline
Pre-16th Century North Carolina History Timeline
Pre-Sixteenth Century North Carolina History Timeline
Pre-Sixteenth-Century North Carolina History Timeline
ca. 40,000–15,000 B.C.
People migrate to
North America from Asia at irregular intervals by way of the Bering Land Bridge.
American Indians are nomadic and hunt large animals for food. They also eat small game and wild plants. They leave no evidence
of permanent dwellings in North Carolina.
Archaic-period American Indians
move from big-game hunting to small-game hunting, fishing, and collecting wild plants. These people change their patterns
of living because of the changing climate in North America.
ca. 8000 B.C.
Possibly this early,
American Indians begin to use a site in present-day Wilson County for either permanent or seasonal habitation.
Southeastern Indians begin growing squash gourds.
1000 B.C.–A.D. 1550
American Indians settle in permanent locations, usually beside streams, and practice a mixed subsistence lifestyle of hunting,
gathering, and some agriculture. They create pottery and also develop elaborate funeral procedures, such as building mounds,
to honor their dead.
ca. 200 B.C.
Southeastern Indians begin growing corn.
Mississippian-culture American Indians create large political units called chiefdoms, uniting people
under stronger leadership than the Woodland cultures have. Towns become larger and last longer. People construct flat-topped,
pyramidal mounds to serve as foundations for temples, mortuaries, chiefs’ houses, and other important buildings. Towns
are usually situated beside streams and surrounded by defensive structures.
Many groups of American Indians live in
the area now called North Carolina. These include the Chowanoke, Croatoan, Hatteras, Moratoc, Secotan, Weapemeoc, Machapunga,
Pamlico, Coree, Neuse River, Tuscarora, Meherrin, Cherokee, Cape Fear, Catawba, Shakori, Sissipahaw, Sugeree, Waccamaw, Waxhaw,
Woccon, Cheraw, Eno, Keyauwee, Occaneechi, Saponi, and Tutelo Indians.
Vikings from northern
Europe, after establishing colonies on Iceland and Greenland, settle on the North American continent at Newfoundland. How
far south and west they explore is unknown. After a few years, they abandon the Newfoundland colony.
explorer Christopher Columbus leads expeditions for Spain to explore new trade routes in the western Atlantic Ocean. This
results in European contact with native peoples in the Caribbean and South America, creating a continuing and devastating
impact on their cultures.
Source: North Carolina Museum of History
Recommended Reading: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.
Description: 1491 is not so much the story of a year,
as of what that year stands for: the long-debated (and often-dismissed) question of what human civilization in the Americas was like before the Europeans crashed the party.
The history books most Americans were (and still are) raised on describe the continents before Columbus as a vast, underused territory, sparsely populated by primitives whose cultures
would inevitably bow before the advanced technologies of the Europeans. For decades, though, among the archaeologists, anthropologists,
paleolinguists, and others whose discoveries Charles C. Mann brings together in 1491, different stories have been emerging.
Among the revelations: the first Americans may not have come over the Bering land bridge around 12,000 B.C. but by boat along
the Pacific coast 10 or even 20 thousand years earlier; the Americas were a far more urban, more populated, and more technologically
advanced region than generally assumed; and the Indians, rather than living in static harmony with nature, radically engineered
the landscape across the continents, to the point that even "timeless" natural features like the Amazon rainforest can be
seen as products of human intervention. Continued
Mann is well
aware that much of the history he relates is necessarily speculative, the product of pot-shard interpretation and precise
scientific measurements that often end up being radically revised in later decades. But the most compelling of his eye-opening
revisionist stories are among the best-founded: the stories of early American-European contact. To many of those who were
there, the earliest encounters felt more like a meeting of equals than one of natural domination. And those who came later
and found an emptied landscape that seemed ripe for the taking, Mann argues convincingly, encountered not the natural and
unchanging state of the native American, but the evidence of a sudden calamity: the ravages of what was likely the greatest
epidemic in human history, the smallpox and other diseases introduced inadvertently by Europeans to a population without immunity,
which swept through the Americas faster than the explorers who brought it, and left behind for their discovery a land that
held only a shadow of the thriving cultures that it had sustained for centuries before. Includes outstanding photos and maps.
Recommended Reading: Encyclopedia
of North Carolina (Hardcover: 1328 pages) (The University of North Carolina Press). Description: The first single-volume reference to the events, institutions,
and cultural forces that have defined the state, the Encyclopedia of North Carolina is a landmark publication that will serve
those who love and live in North Carolina for generations to come. Editor William S. Powell, whom the Raleigh News & Observer
described as a "living repository of information on all things North Carolinian," spent fifteen years developing this volume.
With contributions by more than 550 volunteer writers—including scholars, librarians, journalists, and many others—it
is a true "people's encyclopedia" of North Carolina. Continued below...
volume includes more than 2,000 entries, presented alphabetically, consisting of longer essays on major subjects, briefer
entries, and short summaries and definitions. Most entries include suggestions for further reading. Centered on history and
the humanities, topics covered include agriculture; arts and architecture; business and industry; the Civil War; culture and
customs; education; geography; geology, mining, and archaeology; government, politics, and law; media; medicine, science,
and technology; military history; natural environment; organizations, clubs, and foundations; people, languages, and immigration;
places and historic preservation; precolonial and colonial history; recreation and tourism; religion; and transportation.
An informative and engaging compendium, the Encyclopedia of North Carolina is abundantly illustrated with 400 photographs
and maps. It is both a celebration and a gift—from the citizens of North Carolina, to the citizens of North Carolina.
"Truly an exhaustive and exciting view of every aspect of the Old
Recommended Reading: The Tar Heel
State: A History of North Carolina
(Hardcover). Description: The Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina constitutes the most comprehensive
and inclusive single-volume chronicle of the state’s storied past to date, culminating with an attentive look at recent
events that have transformed North Carolina into a southern
megastate. Integrating tales of famous pioneers, statesmen, soldiers, farmers, captains of industry, activists, and community
leaders with more marginalized voices, including those of Native Americans, African Americans, and women, Milton Ready gives
readers a view of North Carolina that encompasses perspectives and personalities from the coast, "tobacco road," the Piedmont,
and the mountains in this sweeping history of the Tar Heel State. The first such volume in more than two decades, Ready’s
work offers a distinctive view of the state’s history built from myriad stories and episodes. The Tar Heel State is
enhanced by one hundred and ninety illustrations and five maps. Continued below...
with a study of the state’s geography and then invites readers to revisit dramatic struggles of the American Revolution
and Civil War, the early history of Cherokees, the impact of slavery as an institution, the rise of industrial mills, and
the changes wrought by modern information-based technologies since 1970. Mixing spirited anecdotes and illustrative statistics,
Ready describes the rich Native American culture found by John White in 1585, the chartered chaos of North Carolina’s
proprietary settlement, and the chronic distrust of government that grew out of settlement patterns and the colony’s
early political economy. He challenges the perception of relaxed intellectualism attributed to the "Rip van Winkle" state,
the notion that slavery was a relatively benign institution in North Carolina,
and the commonly accepted interpretation of Reconstruction in the state. Ready also discusses how the woman suffrage movement
pushed North Carolina into a hesitant twentieth-century
progressivism. In perhaps his most significant contribution to North Carolina’s
historical record, Ready continues his narrative past the benchmark of World War II and into the twenty-first century. From
the civil rights struggle to the building of research triangles, triads, and parks, Ready recounts the events that have fueled
North Carolina’s accelerated development in recent years and the many challenges that have accompanied such rapid growth,
especially those of population change and environmental degradation.
Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation. Description: One of the many ironies of U.S. government policy toward Indians in the early 1800s is that it persisted in
removing to the West those who had most successfully adapted to European values. As whites encroached on Cherokee land, many
Native leaders responded by educating their children, learning English, and developing plantations. Such a leader was Ridge,
who had fought with Andrew Jackson against the British. Continued below...
As he and other
Cherokee leaders grappled with the issue of moving, the land-hungry Georgia legislators, with the aid of Jackson, succeeded
in ousting the Cherokee from their land, forcing them to make the arduous journey West on the infamous "Trail of Tears." ...A treasured addition for the individual remotely interested in American Indian history
as well as general American history.
North Carolina History Timeline, North American Native American Timeline, Native Americans Historical
Timeline, Native American Indians Timeline and Timelines, List of Native American Tribes Names