Tennessee was admitted to the Union in 1796 as the16th state. The three stars on Tennessee's flag represent the 'Grand Divisions' of the state's territory: East, Middle and West Tennessee. When European settlers arrived, Muscogee, Yuchi and later Cherokee tribes occupied Tennessee. Permanent settlement led the way to the famous Wilderness Road and larger-than-life heroes like Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. More recently, the state has played a critical role in the development of many forms of American popular music, including rock and roll, blues, country, and rockabilly. The Blue Ridge area of Tennessee is well known for its natural parks: the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The raccoon became the official state wild animal in 1971.
This information was drawn from the Tennessee.gov website and affiliated sponsors.
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