Charlotte was named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become the Queen of Great Britain just seven years before the town’s incorporation. This is where the city's nickname, the Queen City, originated.
The area that is now Charlotte was settled by people of European descent around 1755
Thomas Spratt and his family were the first to settle here
Thomas Polk (granduncle of U.S. President James K. Polk) married Thomas Spratt’s daughter and built his house in the area
Within decades of Polk’s settling, the area grew to become “Charlotte Town” in 1768
In 1770, surveyors marked the streets in a grid pattern for future development. The east–west trading path became Trade Street, and the Great Wagon Road became Tryon Street (in honor of William Tryon, a governor of colonial North Carolina) The intersection is commonly known as “Trade & Tryon” but is properly called “Independence Square”.
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