US Nursing: Tennessee

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Nurses will read that Tennessee saw its first European in Hernando de Soto in the mid 1500’s. He claimed the land for Spain. After the French and Indian War in 1763 between the French and the British, Britain took control of this territory and made it part of the colony of North Carolina. Also during this period a law established that colonists could not settle west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Nonetheless colonists began to settle in Tennessee – a land rich with furs and open land. The city of Nashborough was founded in 1779. It would later become Nashville, the capital city. People moved into the Tennessee frontier and the land became more and more settled over the next several years. Becoming a State After the Revolutionary War, Tennessee became part of the United States.

During the Civil War in 1861, the Tennessee population was divided as to which side and ultimately joined the south. Tennessee became the last southern state to join the Confederacy in June of 1861. A number of major Civil War battles were fought in Tennessee including the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Chattanooga, and the Battle of Nashville. The Union had control over much of Tennessee by the end of the war and, when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, it was Andrew Johnson from Tennessee who became president. Country Music in the 1920s, Nashville, Tennessee became known for country music. The Grand Old Opry music show began to broadcast on the radio and became very popular. Since then, Nashville has been the country music capital of the world with the nickname “Music City.”

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