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Mecklenburg County was initially part of Bath County (1696 to 1729) of New Hanover Precinct, which became New Hanover County in 1729.The western portion of New Hanover split into Bladen County in 1734, its western portion splitting into Anson County in 1750.

While not a true declaration of independence from British rule, it is among the first such declarations that eventually led to the American Revolution.The area that is now Charlotte was settled by people of European descent around 1755, when Thomas Spratt and his family settled near what is now the Elizabeth neighborhood. A second nickname derives from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by hostile residents.He wrote that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of rebellion", leading to the nickname The Hornet's Nest.They made up the principal founding European population in the backcountry.German immigrants also settled here before the American Revolutionary War, but in much smaller numbers.Charlotte's city population at the 1880 Census grew to 7,084.

Population grew again during World War I, when the U. government established Camp Greene north of present-day Wilkinson Boulevard.

Within decades of Polk's settling, the area grew to become "Charlotte Town", incorporating in 1768.

The crossroads in the Piedmont became the heart of Uptown Charlotte.

Mecklenburg County formed from Anson County in 1762.

Further apportionment was made in 1792, after the American Revolutionary War, with Cabarrus County formed from Mecklenburg.

Gantt Center for African-American Arts Culture, Duke Energy Center, Charlotte's skyline, First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, Charlotte Main Library and NASCAR Hall of Fame building is the most populous city in the U. Following thousands of years of indigenous cultures, the Catawba Native Americans were the first known historic tribe to settle Mecklenburg County (in the Charlotte area) and were first recorded around 1567 in Spanish records.