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Apart from the brief visit of the Scandinavians in the early eleventh century, the Western Hemisphere remained unknown to Europe until Columbus's voyage in 1492. However, the native peoples of North and South America arrived from Asia long before, in a series of migrations that began perhaps as early as forty thousand years ago across the land bridge that connected Siberia and Alaska.
Tennessee History Timeline
Important Dates, Events, and Milestones
Offers a chronological timeline of important dates, events, and milestones in Tennessee history.
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.
1673 - James Needham and Gabriel Arthur of England explore the Tennessee River Valley.
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.
1800 - Congress establishes a post rout along the Natchez Trace, an old trail between Nashville and Natchez, Mississippi.
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.
2002 - The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis opens its new $11 million addition that includes Bessie Brewer's boarding house across the street from the Loraine Motel where James Earl Ray used a hunting rifle to shoot Martin Luther King, Jr.
State History Timelines
State History Timelines
Chronological timeline of important dates, events, and milestones in United States history from discovery to present
What is the past, and why is it important? How do we learn about events in the past?
Study history will allow students to gain a frame of reference for understanding history and for recognizing that the past is different depending on who is remembering and retelling it.