Why did they come south?

Most of the settlers of Cortez moved to Florida from Carteret County North Carolina starting in the mid 1880s. How did they get here and why did they leave North Carolina?
Three hurricanes struck Carteret County North Carolina in successive years. On October 22, 1878 "Gale of 1878" brought 100+ MPH winds across Cape Lookout which is just a couple miles from the Straits. The storm killed over 70 people and sunk many boats. Less than a year later on August 18, 1879 another hurricane stuck at Morehead City, North Carolina and destroyed bridges and coastal buildings. Then on September 9, 1881 a third storm came ashore just south of Carteret County at Wilmington, North Carolina. This last one was considered the most severe hurricane in 40 years.
The damage from these storms was enough to motivate the families to look for another home. Many of the buildings in Cortez were destroyed in 1921 but the village has been protected from the many hurricanes that passed by in the Gulf over the last 120 years. We have pictures from several area hurricanes on the photos page.
Published in: on August 12, 2008 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

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