Happy Birthday Charlotte!
The city of Charlotte celebrates its 250th anniversary on December 3.
Charlotte has two nicknames: The Queen City and The Hornet’s Nest. The Queen City became a nickname because Charlotte was the name of the German princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. In 1761, she became queen when she married the king of England, George III.
The Hornet’s Nest became a nickname during the Revolutionary War when General Cornwallis wrote that Charlotte was a “hornet’s nest of rebellion” after his attempt to occupy the city was prevented by residents. On May 20, 1775, Charlotte leaders signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, which helped fuel the efforts that led to the American Revolution (also known as “MecDec” day). That date can be found on the flag of the state of North Carolina and the state seal.
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