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In 1711, North Carolina's non-Indian population was only 9500 comprised mostly of German Palatines and Swiss settlers who had arrived to establish a colony on the Trent and Neuse Rivers. The settlers made good progress near New Bern until the Tuscarora Massacre in September 1711. New Bern lay under siege for twenty-two weeks.
The question: who owned the land, the German Palatines or Swiss paupers. The answer: evident in the descendants for those two groups. After two centuries, they still reside in the area named New Bern by their ancestors.