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History of northeast North Carolina

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  • March 24, 1663 - On March 24, 1663, Charles II granted land to eight Lords Proprietors in return for their financial and political assistance in restoring him to the throne in 1660. This can be taken as the date of formation of the Province of Carolina.

The Lord Proprietors were

  1. Duke of Albemarle (1608–1670)
  2. Earl of Clarendon (1609–1674)
  3. Baron Berkeley of Stratton (1602–1678)
  4. Earl of Craven (1608–1697)
  5. Sir George Carteret (c. 1610–1680)
  6. Sir William Berkeley (1605–1677)
  7. Sir John Colleton (1608–1666)
  8. Earl of Shaftesbury (1621–1683).
  • 1664 - Albemarle County is formed. Named for George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, one of the eight Lords Proprietors of the Province of Carolina.
  • 1670 - By 1760 four Precincts have been formed, Shaftesbury, Currituck, Pasquotank, and Berkeley.
  • 1681 - Berkeley Precinct is renamed Perquimans Precinct.
  • 1685 - Shaftesbury Precinct is renamed Chowan Precinct.
  • 1689 - By 1689 Albemarle County had ceased to exist as a functioning unit of government.
  • 1722 - Bertie Precinct was formed from part of Chowan in 1722.
  • 1727 - Tyrrell Precinct was created in 1729.
  • 1732 - Edgecombe Precinct was created in 1732.
  • 1739 - Formal dissolution of Albemarle County and the formation of Chowan County, Bertie County, Tyrell County, Edgecombe County, Pasquotank County, Perquimans County, and Currituck County.

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