Interesting Facts About Tennessee

The state of Tennessee is a place that many people call home and still many others visit for vacation. Although there are many things about the state that you do know, there are also a number of interesting things that you don’t know. Here are a few of those facts. Knowing them will increase your appreciation for all that the area has to offer.

Prior to the time that the spanish explorers came to the state of Tennessee in 1540, there were already people living there. Three different Native American groups called the state home. The Chicasaw lives in the western part of the state, the Creek in the southeastern and the Cherokee used the middle of the state for hunting.

The native american Cherokee Indians were involved in a very famous treaty that took place in 1835. This treaty lead to the development of the “Trail of Tears,” in which the indians were forced to travel thousands of miles to Oklahoma reservations on foot. Along the way, some 4000 Cherokee lost their lives.

Tennessee was first settled long after the Spanish explorers came to check out the area. It was in 1769 that WIlliam Bean came to Boone’s Creek and built a cabin. He wasn’t alone, because there were several families from the area of North Carolina that joined him.

The area of Shelby County holds a rather interesting distinction. When many of us think about horses we may think of Kentucky, but there are also many horses in the state of Tennessee as well. In fact, Shelby County has more horses per capita than any other county located within the United States.

If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, you might appreciate the next fact. The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is not only popular, it is visited more than any other National Park. The name of the area came from the bluish haze that looks like smoke that often hangs in the area.

These are just a few of the many interesting facts that you have to discover about the State of Tennessee. It is by no means, however, the only things that are interesting to know. Once you start to discover what they state has to offer, both in its history and the parks, you will find that there is more to learn than you could ever learn in a lifetime.