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Hernando De Soto

Hernando De Soto’s March through Tennessee. It was one of the most important journeys in the
annals of world history......................................................................................

Melungeons
They are considered one of world’s greatest anthropological mysteries – a tribe of "natives" twice discovered
in the Appalachian mountains prior to early settlement of the region.............................................

Attakullakulla
Attakullakulla was born around 1712 on what is known today as Sevier Island in the French Broad River of Tennessee. His father was a minor chief in the "Overhill Towns" of the Cherokee Nation. ....................

Oconostota-The Cherokee’s last great warrior-chief

Oconostota was born in the Overhill towns of the Cherokee in the Little Tennessee Valley sometime around 1715. While much isn’t known about his early life, he spent his youth as most Cherokee boys training to be a warrior and hunter.......................................................

Ostenaco
Ostenaco was born around the year 1703 in present-day Polk County, Tennessee. He was the youngest of four children born to a Hiwassee Cherokee family..........................................................

Tennessee’s oldest European structure
The story of Fort Loudoun

In 1756, the Cherokee stood and watched a small British group of soldiers begin construction on a fort in the Little Tennessee Valley near the junction of the Tellico and Little Tennessee River................

The Scots-Irish of Tennessee
The Scots-Irish have been back in the news recently as researchers and scholars continue discovering things about this remarkable culture that settled much of America and came to dominate Southern Appalachian culture....................................................................................

The Founding of Tennessee
In 1606, following the settlement of the Virginia colony, King James I chartered the region as a British province. European immigration to the new world increased with each passing year and soon American real estate started becoming a worthy possession for British officials...............................

The story of John Sevier
In Washington, D.C., there is a lone statue that stands alongside those of the men America honors as its Founding Fathers. .......................................................................................

The Battle of Kings Mountain
In the early and mid-18th century, settlers in what is today Tennessee were unknown to the outside world, especially the one just over the ridges of the Appalachian mountains..............................................

Sequoyah
He was born among the ruins of Fort Loudoun in present day Monroe County, Tenn. around the year 1760. The Cherokee infant was the son of a white trader named Nathaniel Gist................

William Blount
No one individual played so large a role in the formation of Tennessee statehood as did William Blount. For many people, however, he was regarded as an eccentric and little was known about his life and times. ..................................................................

The Murder of Meriwether Lewis
The Natchez Trace National Parkway in middle Tennessee is a patchwork of level wooded forests and rolling plains that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to the state each year to drive along one of the nation’s oldest and most colorful highways.

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend
In the years following the American Revolution, colonial expansion continued westward across the State of Tennessee and the northern territories. ..........................................

The Battle of New Orleans
Although the Battle of Horseshoe Bend was a principal action in the War of 1812, the Creek Wars were handled separately from the general war effort and financed by the states of Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama................................................................................

America’s Oldest ‘X-File’
Perhaps no one story of the paranormal in Tennessee has ever gained so much attention as the following story. No one has been able to explain the middle Tennessee phenomena, but it has been a subject of discussion for more than 150 years in America.......................................................................

President Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson is traditionally reported to have been born on March 15, 1767 near Waxhaw, SC. His father was an Irish immigrant, who had died shortly after his birth. Jackson’s mother, however, continued on in the true frontier fashion of the day and raised Andrew and his three brothers in the backwoods of early America.

Chief John Ross
John Ross was born on Oct. 3, 1790 near Lookout Mountain in southeastern Tennessee. His father was Daniel Ross, who had immigrated to America from Scotland prior to the American Revolution

.The Trail of Tears
In 1815, a small Cherokee boy was playing along the Chestatee River in Northern Georgia when he picked up a colored rock and brought it home to show his mother.

The Forgotten Volunteer
He was an individual who is credited with, among other things, being an instrumental force in holding together a loose-knit group of soldiers in one of American history's most
trying times. .................................................................................

David Crockett
David Crockett was born on Aug. 17, 1786–not on a mountaintop, but along the banks of the Nolichucky River in Greene County. He was the fifth of six sons and one daughter born to John and Rebecca Crockett...........................................................................

Sam Houston
Sam Houston was born on March 6, 1793 in Lexington, VA. His father was a farmer and a member of the Militia, which kept him away for long periods of time. He learned how to read and write at an early age and was a voracious reader........................................................

Tennesseans at the Alamo
Following the defeat of Congressman David Crockett at the hands of then-President Andrew Jackson, the Cherokee Removal from Southern Appalachia, and an American economy that seemed to be out of control, many Tennesseans started casting their eyes westward to different lands where they could start over and find the traditional opportunities that were disappearing from their home state...........

President James K. Polk
James Knox Polk was born on Nov. 2, 1795 in the wilderness of North Carolina. He was of Scots-Irish descent and part of the rugged frontier stock that had settled the region.....................................

The man who would be President
He was a man born into a middle-class American home, who would rise to become a prominent journalist and adventurer. It would be a journey that would take him to the highest levels of power in Central America and leave behind a legend still debated to this day.


The Mexican War
How Tennessee became the "Volunteer" State...
When Tennessean James K. Polk was elected to the Presidency in 1844, he followed through on his campaign promise to annex the Independent Republic of Texas into the United States.

The story of ‘Jack’ Daniel
In the last one hundred years, one of Tennessee’s most famous trademarks has been Jack Daniel’s whiskey. The man, who go on to become one of the nation’s most recognizable distillers got his start as a young boy in the backwoods of middle Tennessee. ..............................................................................

 

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