Charlotte, or “The Queen City,” is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and was named one of the 20 best places to live by the U.S. News & World Report. With a wide, diverse population and eclectic history, there is surely something for everyone in this city.
A Brief History
The city was formed in 1768 by European settlers. The settlers chose this specific location because it was at the intersection of two major Native American trading routes. The two trading routes are now known as Trade Street and Tryon Street, which are two heavily traveled, major roads in Charlotte, NC. The early settlers chose the name, Charlotte, after King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte, and named the surrounding county Mecklenburg after her birthplace in Germany.
On May 20, 1775, Charlotte’s most prominent leaders signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, which announced the separation from Great Britain. However, there are some national leaders who believe that this document did not exist, though this did not stop Charlotte’s residents from celebrating. The independence day is still celebrated every year on May 20 and is known ass Meck Dec Day.
In the 1780s, the British army was lead into the city by General Cornwallis, however, the local residents we’re not happy about this and quickly pushed the British out of the city limits. Cornwallis later referenced Charlotte as the “Hornets Nest of Rebellion.” This name stuck, and now all police cars in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area have hornet’s nest located on the side. In 1892, the reputation of the hornets rose again and became the name of the local basketball team. Nearly 100 years later, the Charlotte Hornets became the city’s first NBA team.
Many visitors are confused about why the downtown area is not referred to as “downtown,” but rather, “uptown.” When the first settlers came to Charlotte, NC, they chose to settle in the intersection of the two main Native American trading routes, as mentioned above. The intersection is actually the highest point of the city, so in 1974, the City Council decided to name the popular shopping and business hub “Uptown.”
The Second Largest Banking City In The U.S.
Charlotte is the second-largest banking city in the United States, right behind New York City. The Bank Of America headquarters is located in the heart of the queen city and brings in business from all over the world. Being the second-largest banking city also brings in new millennial residents who are looking for secure financial jobs, but do not want to pay the outrageous rent in New York City. This surplus of Millenials keeps the city young, modern and relevant.
The Best Things To Do While In Charlotte
- Carowinds Amusement Park
- Billy Graham Library
- Charlotte Museum of History
- Nascar Hall of Fame
Food & Drinks
- Amelie’s French Bakery
- Mac’s Speed Shop
- The Cowfish – Sushi Burger Bar
- Zebra Restaurant & Wine Bar
- South Park Mall
- Concord Mills
- Charlotte Premium Outlets
- Boutiques + Speciality Stores In NoDa
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