Category: Guide to Tennessee

Tennessee – The state got its name after the Indian settlement Tanasi on the Little Tennessee River. The state’s epithet since the War of Independence is “Volunteer State”. The state was already explored by the Spaniards around 1541, and the first permanent settlement was not established on the Watanga River until 1769. Tennessee was the scene of over 100 battles during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The state joined the Union in 1796 as the 16th state. Tennessee, with the capital Nashville as its center, is considered the cradle of American country music. The state is populated by approximately 4 million inhabitants. The state’s best known personalities are Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone and Sam Houston. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a popular destination.