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In 1796, Tennessee
became the sixteenth state to join the Union. It was created by taking the
north and south borders of North Carolina and extending them to the Mississippi River.
The word "Tennessee" comes from the Cherokee town Tanasi, which along
with its neighbor town Chota was one of the most important Cherokee towns and often referred to as the capital
city of the Overhill Cherokee.
Tennessee is known as the "Volunteer State", a nickname it earned
during the War of 1812, in which volunteer soldiers from Tennessee played a prominent role, especially during the Battle
of New Orleans.
The capital is Nashville and the largest city is Memphis.
The Three Grand Divisions
East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and West Tennessee.
The Blue Ridge area lies on the
eastern edge of Tennessee, bordering North Carolina. This region of Tennessee
characterized by high mountains, including the Great Smoky Mountains, the
Chilhowee Mountains, the Unicoi Range,
and the Iron Mountains range.
To the west of East Tennessee lies
the Cumberland Plateau. This area is covered with flat-topped mountains
by sharp valleys. To the west of the Cumberland Plateau is the Highland
Rim, an elevated plain that surrounds the
Nashville Basin. The northern section of the Highland Rim, known for its
high tobacco production, is sometimes
called the Pennyroyal Plateau and is located in primarily in Southwestern
Kentucky. The Nashville Basin is characterized
by rich, fertile farm country and high natural wildlife diversity.
West of the Highland Rim and
Nashville Basin is the Gulf Coastal Plain, which includes the Mississippi
Most of West Tennessee remained Indian land until the Chickasaw Cession
of 1818, when the Chickasaw ceded their
land between the Tennessee River and the Mississippi River. The portion
of the Chickasaw Cession that lies in Kentucky
is known as the Jackson Purchase.