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New Hanover County, located in southeastern North Carolina, has a rich and varied history that spans over three centuries. The earliest recorded history of the region dates back to the 16th century when explorers from Europe, including the Spanish and French, first explored the area. However, it was in the early 18th century that New Hanover County truly began to take shape.

In 1729, the region became part of the Province of North Carolina, which was originally settled by English colonists. The county itself was established in 1729 and was named after the House of Hanover, the royal family of Great Britain at the time. The county seat, Wilmington, was designated as a major port and quickly became a hub of trade and commerce.

During the American Revolution, New Hanover County played a significant role in the fight for independence. The county's residents were largely supportive of the Revolutionary cause and actively participated in battles and resistance against British rule. In fact, the town of Wilmington was captured by the British in 1781 but was soon retaken with the help of local militias.

Throughout the 19th century, New Hanover County experienced significant growth and development. The construction of railroads and the expansion of the shipping industry further fueled the county's economic prosperity. However, the county was not without its challenges. The Civil War brought a period of turbulence and division, with Wilmington being one of the last Confederate ports to fall to Union forces.

In the 20th century, New Hanover County continued to flourish, particularly with the growth of tourism in the region. The county's beautiful coastal location, along with its rich historical and cultural attractions, have made it a popular destination for visitors from around the world. Today, New Hanover County remains a vibrant and thriving community, blending its historical roots with modern amenities and a commitment to preserving its unique heritage.

  • 1729 - New Hanover County was formed as one of the original counties of colonial North Carolina.
  • 1739 - The Port of Wilmington was established, becoming an important trading center.
  • 1767 - The County courthouse was constructed in Wilmington.
  • 1775-1783 - New Hanover County was heavily involved in the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1795 - The University of North Carolina at Wilmington was founded in the county.
  • 1861-1865 - New Hanover County experienced the impact of the American Civil War.
  • 1898 - The Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 occurred, resulting in significant racial violence and political change.
  • 1902 - The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad was completed, connecting Wilmington with major cities.
  • 1969 - New Hanover County started a public school desegregation process.
  • 2000s - The county experienced growth in population and economy.