Population per the 2012 census- 6,456,243
Tennessee was admitted as the 16th state on June 1st 1819. Her motto "Agriculture and Commerce" was adopted in 1997.
Known as the ‘Volunteer State’. This is the most widely recognized nickname for the state of Tennessee and one of the most revered. This nickname was earned, during the War of 1812, when thousands of Tennesseans enlisted in response to Governor Blount's call for volunteers. It also honors the courage of Tennessee soldiers fighting under General Andrew Jackson in The Battle of New Orleans (Jan 8, 1815).
In the 2012 Presidential election Tennessee was a ‘Red’ state.
Settlement of Tennessee began in the early 1770’s. The Virginia colonial government informed the settlers located on the Watauga River to move their settlement away from Indian territory. The settlers refused and formed the Watauga Association, which was established as a local government on the frontier of the colonies “by the consent of the people” and adopted Virginia laws “by the consent of every individual”.
Tennessee’s road to statehood was not an easy one. The Watauga Association, generally regarded as the first constitutional government west of the Appalachians had lobbied to be included as a member to the original thirteen colonies without success. During the Revolutionary War the men from the settlements made significant contributions to the War.
After the War Tennessee’s Washington county, home of the Watauga Association, was part of North Carolina. NC intention was to sell this territory to the then federal government to pay off war debt however when they discovered that the government may then sell the territory to the French, NC rescinded their offer.
Once North Carolina ratified the new Constitution it turned its western land holdings to the federal and the now Tennessee became part of the Southwest Territory. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 paved the way for Tennessee’s statehood.
Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 and the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war.
It is said that Tennessee furnished more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state, and more soldiers for the Union Army than any other Southern state.
Tennessee has produced three U.S. presidents: Andrew Jackson, 1829-37; James K. Polk, 1845-49; and Andrew Johnson, 1865-69. One of the most historic residents of Tennessee was Davy Crockett.
Music is a Tennessee's tradition. Memphis holds the title "Birthplace of the blues". Nashville is famous as the country music capital of the world. TN is home of to the Grand Ole Opry.
From blues to bluegrass to country, music is an integral part of the soul and sound of Tennessee. The state is also known for ‘Tennessee Whiskey’.