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It ceded them to the national government so that the Northwest Territory could be organized and managed nationally.
After 1800, cotton and tobacco became important export crops.
By 1810, nearly 3 percent of the free population consisted of free people of color, who numbered slightly more than 10,000.
The western areas were dominated by white families, especially Scots-Irish, who operated small subsistence farms.
More than 300 miles (500 km) from the coast, the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.
The state government was reluctant to support the demands of the national government in Richmond, and the state was the scene of only small battles.
Construction of Tryon Palace, which served as the residence and offices of the provincial governor William Tryon, began in 1767 and was completed in 1771.
In 1788 Raleigh was chosen as the site of the new capital, as its central location protected it from coastal attacks.
The colonists generally supported the American Revolution, as the number of Loyalists was smaller than in some other colonies.
During colonial times, Edenton served as the state capital beginning in 1722, and New Bern was selected as the capital in 1766.