Why is it Called the Queen City?
In 1768, King George III ruled the colonies. These European settlers were loyal to the British Crown. When they founded Charlotte, they named it after the King’s wife, Queen Charlotte, in order to win the King’s favor. In fact, Mecklenburg county was named in honor of the queen as well! Queen Charlotte was born in Mecklenburg, Germany.
Queen Charlotte was Queen of Britain and Ireland for almost 60 years. She supported the arts, loved Mozart, and was well-educated. She also supported the Abolitionist movement to end slavery. In fact, there are many reports that state Queen Charlotte was of African descent. She was often looked down upon for this very fact, and as a result, portraits of her depict her as white. There are other reports that claim her African ancestors were so far back in her family lineage that she didn’t look like she was of African descent at all. Unfortunately, no one knows for sure about her ancestors or exactly what she looked like!
In 1780, General Cornwallis marched the British army into Charlotte. The city of Charlotte strongly resisted the British Crown. Legend has it, because the local patriots fought so hard against General Cornwallis’s people, he called Charlotte a “Hornet’s Nest of Rebellion” as him and his army fled.
Charlotte boasts its reputation as the Hornet’s Nest even further with the names of local sports teams in the past and present. In 1892, the local baseball team called themselves the Charlotte Hornets. In 1974, the Charlotte Hornets became our first pro football team. In 1984, the Queen City’s first NBA team became the Charlotte Hornets.
Why is it Called Uptown Instead of Downtown?
Meck Dec Day
The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was created on May 20, 1775. On this day, the people of Charlotte (previously called Charlottetown) declared themselves “free and independent” of the British crown. James Jack, a Revolutionary War officer, delivered a copy of the Mecklenburg Declaration (also called the Mecklenburg Resolves) from Charlotte to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The Mecklenburg Declaration was more emotional than the Mecklenburg Resolves, which were written in an organized manner. Both documents were delivered to Congress at the same time. There’s speculation about the story, however, since no one has found an original copy.
Charlotte Gold Rush
After selling his gold, John Reed partnered with some of his neighbors to create Reed Gold Mine, which was America’s first gold mine! The mine had a reputation for gigantic gold nuggets, with the largest weighing 28 pounds. Reed and his neighbors made a generous profit off the gold mine. Because the immense wealth in the Charlotte area, President Andrew Jackson established a branch of the US Mint right in Charlotte, which led to a new division of the Federal Reserve Bank. The Charlotte Mint became an important part of Charlotte culture, and today, it’s the Mint Museum of Art, North Carolina’s oldest art museum!
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