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Located in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina. As of 2005, its population was 610,949.
Charlotte is sometimes known as "The Queen City", a nickname it shares with many other cities around the United States. In the case of Charlotte, this nickname comes from the fact that the city was named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg who was the wife of British monarch, King George III.
During the American Revolution, Charlotte was occupied by British commander, General Cornwallis. The British were quickly driven out by the opposition of the city's residents - and Cornwallis famously described the city as a "hornet's nest of rebellion" - a phrase which gave rise to the city's other main nickname, "The Hornet's Nest".
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