Charlotte, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, was founded in 1755 by Thomas Polk, who built a home at the intersection of two major trading routes. The town was originally called Charlotte Town in honor of Queen Charlotte of England. Charlotte became known as the "hornet’s nest," after British general Charles Cornwallis described it as the "hornet’s nest of rebellion" during the Revolutionary War. In the 1800’s, it was the nation’s leading supplier of gold until the western gold rushes.
Today, Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina, the 17th largest city in America. It is one of America’s leading centers of banking and is home to the world headquarters of Bank of America, the nation’s second largest bank. Charlotte is the home of two professional sports teams, the NFL’s Panthers, which recently made it to the Super Bowl, and the NBA’s Hornets, now owned by Carolina legend Michael Jordan. The city is also the hometown of Golden State Warriors phenom Stephen Curry. as well as the site of the NASCAR hall-of-fame. Interestingly, Charlotte is the nation’s largest city without a zoo.
Here, students can learn all about North Carolina’s cities, landmarks, and landforms, simply by clicking on the map. Lots of interactive activities and printouts as well. Perfect for reports or research projects.
Click here for a United States Cities Online Scavenger Hunt
Click here for a United States Cities Printable Scavenger Hunt.