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Early Settlements 1585-1662
Proprietary Colony 1663-1729
Rural Beginnings 1730-1772
Rural Settlers 1740
Early Industry 1740
Establishing Roots 1750
Slavery 1750
Hardship for Natives 1750
Founding a New City 1755
Great Wagon Road 1755
Religion and Revolution 1758
A Child Called Peter 1759
Catawba Nation Declines 1760
Love for a Queen 1762
Chief of the Catawbans 1763
Native Land Deals 1763
Slave Trade 1764
Colonial Physicians 1766
Land Grants 1767
A President Born 1767
Creating New Counties 1768
Charlotte Incorporated 1768
Designing a City 1770
First College 1771
Moravian Girls School 1772
Rural Rebellion 1773-1775
Revolutionary War 1776-1781
Nation: America 1782-1819
Antebellum Days 1820-1852
Rural No More 1853-1860
U.S. Civil War 1861-1865
Reconstruction 1866-1878
Industrial South 1879-1913
World War I 1914-1918
Roaring Twenties 1919-1928
Great Depression 1929-1939
Before the Storm 1940-1941
World War II 1941-1945
Modern Era Begins 1946-1959
Turbulent Times 1960-1979
80s Charlotte 1980-1989
90s Charlotte 1990-1999
Time Period >>  Rural Beginnings  1730 - 1772
Historical Event >>  Founding a New City  1755

Thomas Spratt and his family are believed to be the first settlers to drive a wagon through the rough backcountry of North Carolina. Between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers, they cross an Indian trading path. With them is Thomas Polk, who builds his home where these two roads meet. One day, this crossroads will be known as "the Square." It will become the center of modern downtown Charlotte, and the streets will be known as "Trade" and "Tryon."

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