Charlotte, United States: the Southern beauty
- Twinning date : 6 november 1992
- Geographical situation : North Carolina, Mecklenburg country
- Population : 615 000
Named in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of the British King George III, Charlotte is also nicknamed the “Hornet’s Nest” in reference to its citizens’ resistance to British troops during the War of Independence.
In 1799, the discovery of large deposits of gold was the first stage in the economic development of the town. In the 19th century, the mechanisation of cotton harvesting (in the biggest cotton-producing area in the American South) marked the birth of the textile industry. Furthermore, while managing to retain its provincial charm, Charlotte has become the second-biggest financial centre in the United States after New York City, thanks to the numerous banks which have chosen to base their headquarters there.
For the past 20 years, exchanges with our American twin city have developed in all areas.
In June 2011, a famous group of bell ringers originating from Charlotte gave a concert at the Jean Moulin municipal cultural centre, providing the inhabitants of Limoges with an opportunity to discover a unique musical technique from across the Atlantic.
In 2012, the city of Limoges celebrated its 20th anniversary of twinning with Charlotte, organising the "Charlotte Days" from 21st to 23rd June, characterised by a photo exhibition depicting the American city entitled "Regards Croisées" produced by a Limoges photographer in collaboration with the Amis de Charlotte (Friends of Charlotte), several concerts featuring the Presley Brothers who originate from Charlotte and a Harley Davidson parade in the centre of Limoges. A Franco-American meal resulting from a collaboration between a chef from Charlotte and a chef from Limoges, was also held in one of the city’s restaurants.
The 20th anniversary celebrations continue in November, when a delegation from the city of Limoges will travel to Charlotte accompanied by several young basketball players from the ASPTT and the Limoges band J-Raf. In addition to the array of recreational activities, this action has also led to the re-launch of economic exchanges between the two cities.
- The Mint Museum of Art, which exhibits a vast collection of American, European, African and Pre-Columbian art, in addition to one of the largest collections of Mexican pottery.
- The Red Gold Mine State Historic Site, where you can discover the history of gold prospectors on the very site of their discoveries.
- A region containing no fewer than 149 parks and a profusion of lakes and forests.
- The many musical events staged by the Bluementhal Center for the Performing Arts.
Famous person born in Charlotte
- James Knox Polk (1795-1849) :
11th President of Mexico, from 1845 to 1849. A democrat by nature, Polk secured the adhesion of Texas to the Union in 1845, triggering the war against Mexico. The City of Charlotte has dedicated a museum - the “James Polk Memorial” - to his memory, in the house of his birth.