(State of Tennessee)
- Location: Southeastern United States
- Capital: Nashville
- Language(s): English
- Population: 6,575,646
- Total Area: 109,247 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: The state has some of best vintage wines.
- Most Popular Drink(s): Beers, wines
- Nickname(s): The Volunteer State
- What You Must Do in Tennessee: Visit the Great Smoky Mountains
Shaped like a parallelogram, the state of Tennessee was admitted into the Union as the 16th state in 1796. The state has a fascinating history: it was the very last state to break off from the Union to team up with the Confederate Forces and was the first state to be readmitted into the Union following the end of the American Civil War. Many of the decisive battles of the Civil War were fought in the state. Tennessee shares borders with the following states: Kentucky and Virginia to the north and Alabama, Georgia and Massachusetts to the south. The states of Missouri and Arkansas are to the west, North Carolina lies to the east, and that implies that Tennessee shares borders with eight different states! Some scholars believe that the name of the state was coined from the word ‘tanasi’ which is a word used by the Cherokee Indians to describe a small settlement by the river. The state has a humid subtropical climate and that translates to hot and wet summers although winters are moderate and cool. In 1996, the state celebrated its bicentennial and it was awesome.
An overwhelming proportion of the Tennesseans (as residents are called) are Whites (who number more than 80%), and many of the Whites have English, Scottish or Irish ancestries. Other ethnic groups in the state include the Blacks (African Americans), American Indians (or Native Indians), Asians and Native Hawaiians (and other Pacific Islanders). The predominant religion in the state is Christianity and the largest affiliations are those with the Baptist Church, Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian and the Church of Christ. There is a tiny population of Muslims and adherents of other faiths in the state.
Dining in the state of Tennessee is always a nice experience and you will be glad to visit such a place of culinary wonder. If you want the tastiest barbeque, this is the place to be. The state is also known for its spectacular food festivals, and I was able to attend one of these –the legendary Memphis in May. This fabulous food festival lasted for 30 days! In various parts of the state, you will be treated to spicy mesquite-grilled steak, fine seafood and roasted chicken. It all depends on what you want and how you want it prepared. You should also ensure that you enjoy the famous stack cake before finding your way out of the Volunteer State.
Each time I remember the state of Tennessee, I will also reminisce on the fine wines I guzzled while touring the state. With spectacular wine festivals in various parts of the state, there is no way your stay will be dull in Tennessee. The state is home to some of the finest distilleries and wineries in the state catering for locals and tourists alike.
The nature of the state of Tennessee is one that you will find quite conducive especially if you are the sports-loving type. Popular teams in the state vie for glory in interesting games of soccer, basketball and baseball.
- Tennessee was the very last state to break off from the Union to team up with the Confederate Forces and was the first state to be readmitted into the Union following the end of the American Civil War.
- The state was carved out of North Carolina.
- The popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in the state.
- The Natchez Trace Parkway is also located in the state.
- Tennessee was home to Elvis Presley, the city of Memphis to be precise.
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