Raleigh (/ˈrɑːli/; RAH-lee) is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County in the United States. Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city.
The site was selected in 1788, and the city was laid off from a tract of forest in 1792, soon after the American Revolution, when North Carolina, like several others of the original states, moved its capital westward from the seaboard. Originally called Wake Courthouse, it was renamed for Sir Walter Raleigh. The first capitol, completed in 1794, burned in 1831 and was replaced by the present building, completed in 1840. It stands in the middle of a large square and is considered an outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture.
Raleigh is a major point for retail shipping and wholesale distribution for eastern North Carolina. After World War II the city attracted numerous factories manufacturing a wide variety of products, now including communications equipment, electronic equipment, computers, and processed foods; in addition it is a research and development centre for textiles and chemicals. Services are also important, and a number of insurance companies have their home offices or regional headquarters there.
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