Colonial History - Towns come and go as Spanish, English, Indians and misquotes fight for dominance on the Cape Fear.
Revolution - The Spanish and Indians are gone, but the English have turned on each other and Wilmington becomes a hotbed of discontent.
Ante-Bellum - Independence secured for awhile, Wilmington turns to rice, cotton and commerce as the largest town in North Carolina.
War Between the States - The only four years important enough to get their own chapter. Wilmington becomes a major participant in the War for Southern Independence. Blockade runners frequenting the city give it a cosmopolitan air and make the city known the world over.
The Last Hundred Years - Wilmington fares better than some Southern cities after the war, but eventually the city declines to mediocrity, only to be pulled up again by a resurgence of commerce and tourism.