The end of the French and Indian war in 1763 saw the British seize control of the region. In 1784 the area was then settled as the state of Franklin, only to be reformed in 1796 as the state of Tennessee. During the Civil War, the state joined the Confederacy, although there was significant support for the Union. Modern-day Tennessee sees most of its population as urban dwellers. The driving force of its economy is industrial (textiles, garments, and chemicals).

Agriculturally, the state produces mainly tobacco and soybeans. Its rivers (Tennessee and Cumberland) facilitate the myriad of dams and reservoirs in the region. Additionally, the state is the home of the headquarters of the most-visited U.S. national park—the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s also where the southernmost part of the Appalachian Trail is located. Tennessee’s well-known (current and past) residents include Dolly Parton, Davy Crockett, Quentin Tarantino, and Aretha Franklin.


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