Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Tennessee
Tennessee, our 16th state, was admitted to the Union June 1, 1796. The 2000 census has Tennessee's population at 5,689,283, ranking 16th in the US. With a total area of 42,143 square miles, the state ranks 36th in size. Tennessee's capital, Nashville, is also its largest city.
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Tennessee State Bird: Mockingbird
Tennessee State Flower: Iris
Tennessee State Motto: Agriculture and commerce
Tennessee State Songs: My Homeland, Tennessee; Tennessee Waltz; Rocky Top
Tennessee State Tree: Tulip poplar
Nickname: Volunteer State
The geographic center of Tennessee lies in Rutherford County, five miles NE of Murfreesboro. At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome, on the North Carolina border in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is the state's highest point. The name Tennessee comes from the Indian word Tanasi, the name of Cherokee villages on the Little Tennessee River. From 1784-1788, the state was called Franklin, or Frankland.
Brief History: Creek and Yuchi peoples were the earliest inhabitants of the area; the Cherokee moved into the region in the early 18th century. Spanish explorers first visited the area in 1541. English traders crossed the Great Smokies from the east while France's Marquette and Jolliet sailed down the Mississippi on the west in 1673. Virginians established the first permanent settlement on the Watauga River in 1769. During the American Revolution, the colonists helped win the Battle of Kings Mountain (NC) in 1780, and joined other eastern campaigns. Tennessee seceded from the Union in 1861 and was the site of many Civil War engagements, but 30.000 Tennesseans fought on the Union side. Tennessee was readmitted in 1866, the only former Confederate state not to have a postwar military government.
Tennessee shares Great Smoky Mountains National Park with North Carolina. Other Volunteer State destinations include Reelfoot Lake; Lookout Mountain, Incline Railway, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Rock City, and the Tennessee Aquarium, all in Chattanooga; Fall Creek Falls; Lost Sea, Sweetwater; Cherokee National Forest; Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (with Kentucky and Virginia); Andrew Jackson's Home, the Hermitage, near Nashville; homes of Presidents James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson; American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge; Parthenon, Grand Old Opry, and Opryland USA, all in Nashville; Dollywood theme park, Pigeon Forge; Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, Memphis; Alex Haley Home and Museum, Henning; Casey Jones Home and Museum, Jackson; and the Ocoee River.