ABOUT Tennessee

Capital: Nashville

State abbreviation/Postal code: Tenn./TN

Nickname: Volunteer State

Origin of name: Named after Cherokee Indian villages called "Tanasi".

Briefs on Tennessee:

Globally known for its Smoky Mountains and Graceland, Tennessee is a southern state of the United States. The state is bordered by the well-known states of Kentucky and Virginia on the north, North Carolina on the east, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi on the South and by Arkansas and Missouri on the west.

Tennessee is a home to the country music because the Graceland region here is the much toured home of the Elvis Presley. So Elvis fans and other rock and roll aficionados can delight in the wonderful musical aura of the state.

But music is not everything that this beautiful state offers. Tennessee welcomes its visitors with vast rural landscapes, rich fields along the Mississippi river, wonderful horse farms of the central river valleys to the Appalachian Mountains and their dense forests etc.

Besides this there is a lot to enjoy with your family and give vent to your sporty spirit such as the miniature golf courses, amusement centers, museums and so forth.


The capital city of the state, Nashville is a great pull. The charismatic city is nestled on the Cumberland River in the Davidson County in the north central part of the state. Nashville is known for its music, nightlife, health care centers, publishing and transportation industries.

The largest city of Tennessee is Memphis. Located in the Shelby County, Memphis is the seventeenth largest city in the United States. Memphis is a peaceful yet noisy city. The Graceland (place frequently visited by the rock and roll king), historic Beale Street, Mississippi river, Auto Zone Park etc. are places worth visiting.

With a population of 5,689,283 Tennessee is sixteenth largest US state by population. Also known as the Volunteer State, the origins of the city are quite old. Around 11,000 years ago the Paleo- Indians settled the Tennessee region.

In 1539 Spanish explorers visited the place. Their group was led by Hernando de Soto. During that time the region was inhabited by the Muscogee and the Yuchi people. However soon these people were displaced from the region due to the incoming of the European colonists.

History was formed when nearly 17,000 Cherokees were made to move from eastern Tennessee to Indian territory in the west of Arkansas out of which more than 4000 Cherokees died on the way.

In 1796 Tennessee became the 16th state of the union. The state included the north and south borders of North Carolina and vicinity areas of Mississippi River. On 8th June 1861 Tennessee became the last state to secede from the union.

The state got its new constitution after the American civil war. On 18th July 1866 it also ratified the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. On 24th July 1866 the state was readmitted to the union. Tennessee is the first state to become a member of the union.

In 1933 the Tennessee Valley Authority was created. This happened after the need for electricity in the rural area of the state and to control the floods on the Tennessee River.

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