Carolina was a Proprietary colony established by England's King Charles II  through the charter of 24 Mar. 1663 that granted eight Lords Proprietors all of the land on the North American continent between the latitudes of 31° and 36° north, extending west to the South Seas (Pacific Ocean). This was the same territory that had been conferred by Charles I  in 1629 to Sir Robert Heath  as the Carolana  Proprietary, which was nullified by the new charter. Named in honor of Charles II, the Carolina Proprietary rewarded courtiers and loyalists who had helped make the 1660 restoration of the monarchy possible. To encompass the settlement north of Albemarle  Sound, a second charter was issued on 30 June 1665 that expanded the colony to 36°30' and 29° north latitude, which located the northern boundary on the present Virginia-North Carolina border and the southern boundary in mid-Florida.
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