U.S. State of North Carolina is divided into 100 counties. North Carolina ranks 28th in size by area, but has the seventh most counties in the country.
Following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Charles II of England rewarded eight persons on March 24, 1663, for their faithful support in his efforts to regain the throne of England. He granted the eight grantees, called Lords Proprietor, the land called Carolina, in honor of Charles I, his father. TheProvince of Carolina from 1663 to 1729, was a North American British colony. Around 1729, the Province of North Carolina became a separate entity from theProvince of South Carolina