To conduct the business affairs of a state – or a colony in earlier times – requires a place for leaders to meet. Of course, it has not always been Raleigh.
The first plan was to have the center of government in Edenton; after all, it was near the first settlements. As the population grew and moved south, the first state house was in New Bern.
In 1788, the Constitutional Convention said the state capital should be within ten miles of Isaac Hunter’s Tavern so land was bought and Raleigh born. The current Capitol was started in 1833 and completed in 1840.