( The Volunteer State )
The name Tennessee is derived from the name of a Cherokee village, Tanasi. In 1796, Tennessee was the first territory admitted as a state under the federal Constitution (16th state). Before statehood, it was known as the Territory South of the River Ohio. Tennessee is one of the states that link the North and the South. The lonely pioneer, wearing a coonskin cap and carrying a flintlock rifle, is a symbol of Tennessee's great past. Pioneers crossed the mountains of Tennessee to settle in the wilderness. They brought with them the spirit of independence and daring that has become a part of Tennessee's history. Tennessee's rugged mountains, thick forests and beautiful lakes and rivers are ideal for outdoor sports. The capital Nashville is known as a center for country music; Memphis, Tennessee's largest city is a magnet for music fans, as the birthplace of urban blues and long-time home of Elvis.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Tennessee include:
The Flag of Tennessee|
Entered the Union in 1796 as the 16th State; flag adopted in 1905. The three stars refer to the fact that Tennessee was the third State to join after the Original Thirteen and is composed of three geographic regions. The colors are found in the flags of the United States and of the Confederacy.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Memphis, 650,100; Nashville-Davidson 1, 569,891; Knoxville, 173,890; Chattanooga, 155,554; Clarksville, 103,455; Murfreesboro, 68,816; Jackson, 59,643; Johnson City, 55,469; Kingsport, 44,905; Franklin, 41,842
Business and Trade in Tennessee
Agriculture: Soybeans, cotton, tobacco, livestock and livestock products, dairy products, cattle, hogs.
Industries: Soybeans, cotton, tobacco, livestock and livestock products, dairy products, cattle, hogs.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Mockingbird
- Flower: Iris (iridaceae)
- Tree: Tulip poplar (liriodendron tulipifera)
- Song(s): The Tennessee Waltz
Tennessee, My Homeland
When It's Iris Time in Tennessee
- Motto: Agriculture and Commerce
5,689,283 (138 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 34th Largest
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Border States: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia
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Housing: In Tennessee, there are 2,439,443 housing units, averaging to 59.2 per sq mile.