Tennessee

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Date of Statehood: June 1, 1796

Capital: Nashville

Population: 6,346,105 (2010)

Size: 42,144 square miles

Nickname(s): Volunteer State; Big Bend State; Hog and Hominey State

Motto: Agriculture and Commerce

Tree: Tulip Poplar

Flower: Iris

Bird: Mockingbird

Tennessee Timeline
  • 1541 - Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto is the first European to visit Tennessee.
  • 1714 - Fort Lick is established near where Nashville will one day be located.
  • 1763 - The British take control from the French after the French and Indian War.
  • 1784 - The State of Franklin is established. It will come to an end in 1788.
  • 1796 - Congress makes Tennessee the 16th state of the United States.
  • 1815 - Andrew Jackson leads Tennessee troops to victory in the Battle of New Orleans.
  • 1826 - Nashville is made the capital.
  • 1828 - Andrew Jackson is elected President of the United States.
  • 1844 - James K. Polk from Tennessee is elected President of the United States.
  • 1861 - Tennessee is the last of the southern states to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.
  • 1866 - Tennessee is readmitted as a state in the Union.
  • 1933 - The first hydroelectric dam is built by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  • 1940 - President Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • 1968 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

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