Why is Charlotte called the Queen City?

A portrait of Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg. Find a hand-written letter from the Queen at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Charlotte, North Carolina, was first settled after colonists made their way down the Great Wagon Road. Northern colonies in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia had become crowded, so settlers went south to seek religious and economic freedom, as well as to take advantage of quality farmland. Native Americans used this trail for hunting, trading, and war long before the settlers used it to migrate south. The Native Americans named the trail “Warriors Path.”