History of New Bern, NC

Varying complex cultures of indigenous peoples had lived along the waterways of North Carolina for thousands of years before Europeans explored the area. The Tuscarora, an Iroquoian-speaking people, had migrated south from the Great Lakes area in some ancient time and occupied this area for hundreds of years before any Europeans arrived. They had an ancient village here at the confluence of the rivers called Chattoka.

New Bern was first settled by Europeans in 1710 by Swiss and Palatine German immigrants under the leadership of Christoph von