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Nashville History, Tennessee

Reflecting Its Passion And Unity!

The history of Nashville could be dated back to almost 200 years, when the place was inhabited by the Chickasaw, Shawnee and the Cherokee tribes. Though Hernando De Soto of Spain had passed through the area before, the place was not considered for inhabitation until the year 1717 when the French fur traders established their on-trade post here.

After this, the initial permanent settlement took place during the year of 1784, when the Fort Nashborough was built in memory of the acclaimed officer from the American Revolution, named Gen. Francis Nash. 

Later on in 1784, the name of the place was changed to Nashville, as it was about to be granted the status of a city by North Carolina Legislature. Much further ahead, when Tennessee was given the status of a state and taken into the Union, in the year 1796, Nashville became its capital. After this during the war of 1812, Nashville had sent 100 more soldiers to the fight than what was demanded and came to be known as the “volunteer state”.

It was not until 1824 that the first music publishing company was established in collaboration with the Western Harmony. By this time, Nashville had been receiving its own nicknames like that of the “Buckle of the Bible belt” and “Music City”. It was in 1828 that Andrew Jackson was elected as the President of the nation, urging him to build his own plantation and named it the Hermitage.

 This place was solely dedicated to his wife and has become one of the major tourist attractions because of the original furnishings being on the display. By 1843, Nashville had been confirmed to have become the permanent capital of the state, following which another person from Tennessee, James K. Polk, was elected as President. 

The Civil Wars brought Nashville together and forced it to look according to a perspective that could not have been better for the growth of a city. The unity of Nashville came forward, when both the American and African inhabitants at the city joined hands to build the Fort Negley paving the way for their children to follow suit and get proper education.

By the mid 1940s, Nashville had taken a turn towards the new genre of music, which had been most influenced by the Opry.  

Today, Nashville is simply another town with plenty to see and reflect upon in the due course of time.

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  • eratoBelle Meade Plantation
    travel tip by erato posted more then 30 days ago
    To get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the plantation owners, their every-day activities and way of living, you have to take the tour at the Belle Meade Plantation. The houses, mansion all that comes with such rich and great land were...
  • andra88Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    travel tip by andra88 posted more then 30 days ago
    Though a little bit expensive, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a major attraction for those who love country music. To those who are not big fans, this museum can provide interesting insights into artist's lives and...
  • danpopTennessee State Museum
    travel tip by danpop posted more then 30 days ago
    To learn some facts about Tennessee's history you definitely have to visit the Tennessee State Museum. Not because there is no entrance (you have to pay for the parking ticket anyway, if you're with car) but because the museum...
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