Selected maps from the North Carolina Maps project can be viewed as Historic Overlay Maps, layered directly on top of current road maps or satellite images. By fading or "seeing through" the historic maps, users are able to compare the similarities and differences between old and new maps, and to study the changes in North Carolina over time. North Carolina Colony Facts: Beginnings. North Carolina began as the Carolina colony which combined modern day North and South Carolina. The first attempted settlement in the Carolinas was Roanoke colony, which ended with the colonists disappearing. The Spanish and French also had failed attempts to colonize the Carolinas. North Carolina Some Owens were to be found in North Carolina by the 18th century. These included the Owens of Bladen county, plantation owners who played their part in the Revolutionary War. Guy Owen grew up on a tobacco farm there during the 1930's and has used his recollections of that time in his fiction and poetry. Today's top 48,000+ jobs in North Carolina. Leverage your professional network, and get hired. New jobs added daily. The newly arrived colonists did not get along with the earlier settlers. There was trouble with the Indians, and in the late 1660s the colony collapsed, with people moving to another Carolina colony, at Albemarle, or north to Virginia, to the Massachusetts area, back to Barbados, and some might have settled in South Carolina.