Tennessee History

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    13,000 B.C.

    13,000 B.C.
    In 13,000 B.C., the Paleo Indians arrived in Tennessee. These people were the first to come to Tennessee. The word Paleo comes from the Greeks, and it means "ancient" or "very old."
  • 200

    6,000 B.C.

    6,000 B.C.
    The Archaic Indians arrived in Tennessee around 8,000 years ago. They were the first to bring farming and agriculture to Tennessee. They are also believed to be the first people in the region to domesticate the dog.
  • 200

    750 B.C.

    750 B.C.
    The Woodland Indians arrived in Tennessee between 1,000 and 500 B.C. These indians built permanent villages and planted vegetable gardens. They were also the frist to cultivate corn, and believed to have developed the bow and arrow.
  • 200

    1,000 A.D.

    1,000 A.D.
    The Mississippians arrived in the region at about 1,000 A.D. and settled mostly in west Tennessee. There, they raised maize (corn), beans, squash, and pumpkins.
  • Mar 24, 1492

    Columbus Sails to Aisa

    Columbus Sails to Aisa
    Columbus' abjective was to sail to Aisa, but he ended up setting up continueal contact between the Old and New World.
  • Mar 24, 1540

    De Soto arrives in Tennessee

    De Soto arrives in Tennessee
    A spanish explorer by the name of Hernando de Soto landed in Florida in 1539, but in 1540 de Soto arrived in Tennessee near Chattanooga.
  • Mar 24, 1542

    De Soto Dies

    De Soto Dies
    Hernando de Soto died near Memphis in 1542 from being ill.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    The english settled Jamestown in 1607
  • Quebec Founded

    Quebec Founded
    Samuel de Champlain frounded Quebec in 1608.
  • Abrham Wood sets up trade with Indians

    Abrham Wood sets up trade with Indians
    A Virginian merchant by the name of Abrham Wood set up trade with Indians and they first visited Tennessee.
  • La Selle builds Fort

    La Selle builds Fort
    In 1682, La Selle built a fort in Memphis.
  • King Philip's War

    King Philip's War
    In King Philip's War, France and Great Britian fougth a series of wars over control of Europe and their overseas empires. There were four series in this war.
  • Trading Post established in Tennessee

    Trading Post established in Tennessee
    The French established a trading post in the Nashville area.
  • Georgia established as a colony.

    Georgia established as a colony.
    Georgia was established as a colony, meaning that Great Britian now had established 13 colonies, but France had control of Canada and some land in Louisiana.
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    French and Indian War

    In 1754, fighting of the French and Indian War began, and ended in 1763. The French and Indian War was the fourth war in the series of wars in King Philip's War.
  • Daniel Boone

    Daniel Boone
    Daniel Boone fought in the French and Indian War. Boone and some woodsmen created the Wilderness Road.
  • Fort Loudoun built

    Fort Loudoun built
    The British built a fort in the Cherokee territory, known as Fort Loudoun.
  • British & Cherokee end good relations

    British & Cherokee end good relations
    Good relations came to an end between the British and Cherokee.
  • British army relieve Fort Loudoun

    British army relieve Fort Loudoun
    In June of 1760, a British army of 1,500 men were sent to relieve Fort Loudoun.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Indians were given all the land between the Proclamation line (The Appalachains) and the Mississippi River.
  • Treaty of Fort Stanwix

    Treaty of Fort Stanwix
    The British negotiated the Treaty of Fort Stanwix in 1768. Also during 1768, Watatgua first settlement.
  • c. 1770

    c. 1770
    Daniel Boone searches for the Cumberland Gap.
  • Hard Labor Treaty

    Hard Labor Treaty
    British representative John Stuart signed the Treaty of Hard Labour with the Cherokee tribe, letting all Cherokee claims to the property west of the Allegheny Mountains and east of the Ohio River, comprising all of present-day West Virginia except the extreme southwestern part of the state.
  • Wilderness Road

    Wilderness  Road
    Almost 200,000 people had gone west on the Wildness Road.
  • Tennessee

    Tennessee becomes a state.
  • Battle of Horseshoe Bend

    Battle of Horseshoe Bend
    On March 27, 1814, United States forces and Indian allies under General Andrew Jackson defeated the Red Sticks, effectively ending the Creek War.
  • Last Elk Sighting in Tennessee

    Last Elk Sighting in Tennessee
    In Obion County, Tennessee, the last reported elk sighting was reported.
  • Elk reintroduced into Tennessee

    Elk reintroduced into Tennessee
    The National Park Service began reintroducing elk into the Great Smoky Mountains.