The European-American city of Charlotte was developed first by a wave of migration of Scots-Irish Presbyterians, or Ulster-Scot settlers from Northern Ireland, who dominated the culture of the Southern Piedmont Region.
They still contributed greatly to the early foundations of the region.
The Flag of Charlotte is the Saint Andrews Flag of Scotland, or Saltire with a City Crest.
Many veins of gold were found in the area throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, leading to the 1837 founding of the Charlotte Mint.
North Carolina was the chief producer of gold in the United States until the Sierra Nevada find in 1848, Some groups still pan for gold occasionally in local streams and creeks. The Charlotte Mint was active until 1861, when Confederate forces seized it at the outbreak of the Civil War.