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Tennessee History Timeline
Important Dates, Events, and Milestones in Tennessee
Offers a chronological timeline of important dates, events, and milestones in Tennessee history.
9000–3000 BCE, the Native Americans begin cultivating edible plants such as squash and gourds. Populations expand and villages form along the banks of most major rivers. And by 900 CE groups of Native Americans begin to battle for territory and develop tribal identities.
Tennessee became the 16th state of the union in 1796. It is just 112 miles wide, but stretches 432 miles from the Appalachian Mountains boundary with North Carolina in the east to the Mississippi River borders with Missouri and Arkansas in the west.
16th Century Tennessee History Timeline
1540 - Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto is the first white man known to come to the area. The dominant tribes are the Cherokee, Shawnee, and the Chickasaw.
17th Century Tennessee History Timeline
1673 - James Needham and Gabriel Arthur of England explore the Tennessee River Valley.
18th Century Tennessee History Timeline
1714 - Charles Charleville sets up a French trading post at French Lick.
1715 - The last Shawnee had been driven out by Chickasaw and Cherokee
1784 - 3 counties in East Tennessee form the State of Franklin, which secedes from North Carolina for 4 years. Greeneville is the capital and John Sevier is their governor.
19th Century Tennessee History Timeline
1800 - Congress establishes a post rout along the Natchez Trace, an old trail between Nashville and Natchez, Mississippi.
20th Century Tennessee History Timeline
1900 - Casey Jones' train crashes on April 30th, killing him.
1950/53 - 10,500 Tennesseans served in the Korean War.
1987 - General Motors opened the new Saturn Corporation auto plant in
1992 - Albert Gore, Jr. was elected Vice-President of the United States
1998 - The University of Tennessee football team became the national champions, going undefeated for the season.
21st Century Tennessee History Timeline
2001 - Passenger attacked bus driver causing accident, six people killed
2003 - 14 people killed by tornadoes in northwestern part of state