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Carolina: Name given to two States, North and South Carolina. Near the middle of the Sixteenth Century, Jean Ribault visited the region and named it Carolina in honor of his king, Charles IX. of France, but the name never came into general use and soon disappeared. About 1628, this name was applied definitely to that part of the country lying between Virginia and Florida, having been given in honor of Charles I. of England. In an old manuscript, the following may be found; "1629-30, Feb. 10. The Attorney General is