The Outer Banks of North Carolina, 1584-1958

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University of North Carolina Press, Apr 1, 1990 - History - 367 pages
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The Outer Banks have long been of interest to geologists, historians, linguists, sportsmen, and beachcombers. This long series of low, narrow, sandy islands stretches along the North Carolina coast for more than 175 miles.

Here on Roanoke Island in the 1580s, the first English colony in the New World was established. It vanished soon after, becoming the famous "lost colony." At Ocracoke, in 1718, the pirate Blackbeard was killed; at Hatteras Inlet and Roanoke Island important Civil War battles were fought; at Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills the Wright brothers experimented with gliders and in 1903 made their epic flight. The Graveyard of the Atlantic, scene of countless shipwrecks, lies all along the ever-shifting shores of the Banks.

This is the fascinating story of the Banks and the Bankers; of whalers, stockmen, lifesavers, wreckers, boatmen, and fishermen; of the constantly changing inlets famous for channel bass fishing; and of the once thriving Diamond City that disappeared completely in a three-year period.

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About the author (1990)

David Stick is a writer and a historian of the North Carolina coast. He was born in 1919 in Interlaken, N.J., but went to college at the University of North Carolina. It was there that he found his true calling--and his subject. Stick has lived in North Carolina since he left the U.S. Marine Corps in 1947. Stick's first book was Fabulous Dare: The Story of Dare County, Past and Present, published in 1949. Other works include Dare County: A History and Bald Head: A History of Smith Island and Cape Fear. Stick, who has three children, has also been a real estate broker, a correspondent, a member of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and the mayor of Southern Shores, N.C.

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