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Potash manufacturing or mining, hemp growing, and fur trading were the early forms of industry in the Carolinas. Middle schoolers examine primary source documents to determine how the development of these industries influenced the acquisition and settlement of land in North Carolina. They read and analyze the argument put forth by Henry Muccolah’s petition asking for permission to settle in North Carolina. Some readers may need support in decoding the antiquated language of the text. The packet includes specific directions for the activities and links to documents and worksheets.