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Tennessee History Timeline

The Tennessee History Timeline Overview
Daniel Boone and William Bean
Statehood: Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796
Constitution: 16th State to be admitted to the Union
State Motto: "Agriculture and Commerce"

The Native Indians of Tennessee included the Catawba, Cherokee, Chiaha, Chickasaw, Mosopelia, Muskogee, Natchez, Shawnee, Tali, Tuskegee and the Yuchi tribes

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Spanish explorer, Spanish Hernando de Soto (1500-1542) explores the area in search of gold



James Needham and Gabriel Arthur of England sent by Virginia trader to scout trade with Cherokee Indians and explore the Tennessee River Valley



Claimed by the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643-1687) for France



Charles Charleville sets up a French trading post at French Lick



1756 - 1763: The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.



Daniel Boone ( 1735 - 1818 ) explores the region



William Bean ( 1721 - 1782 ) establishes first white settlement in Tennessee



A group of settlers form their own government called the Watauga Association and implement one of the first written constitutions in America



The Transylvania Company buys land from the Cherokees



Daniel Boone, working for the Transylvania Company, blazes a trail called the Wilderness Road from Virginia across the mountain at Cumberland Gap to open the land to settlement



1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America. The Revolution was due to the British burden of taxes and total power to legislate any laws governing the American colonies. George Washingtonled the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence)



July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence



July 10, 1778 - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces



September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain



3 counties in East Tennessee form the short-lived State of Franklin, which secedes from North Carolina for 4 years



Statehood - The Date that Tennessee was admitted to the Union - June 1, 1796. Constitution - Tennessee was the 16th State to be admitted to the Union. State Motto - " Agriculture and Commerce ".



The Louisiana Purchase - In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France. The U.S. Secretary of State, James Madison paid 15 million dollars for the land



1812 - 1815: The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence



Maine becomes its own state



1861 - 1865: The American Civil War.In 1859 John Brown raided Harpers Ferry and set in motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War. outbreak of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, a known opponent of slavery, was elected president and in 1861 the South Secedes. The initial Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1865 December 6 - The Abolishment of Slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, thus officially abolishing slavery.



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1898-1901 The Spanish American War. On December 10, 1898 the Treaty of Paris the US annexes Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines.

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Origin of the State name - Named after Cherokee name "Tanasi" meaning Little River.

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