Tennessee (Brand USA Photo)
Tennessee (Brand USA Photo)

Called the “Volunteer State,” Tennessee became the 16th state of the Union in 1796. It was the first territory admitted as a state under the federal Constitution. Before statehood, it was known as the Territory South of the River Ohio. The name Tennessee is derived from the name of a Cherokee village, Tanasi. Today, the capital, Nashville, is known as a center for country music. Memphis, the largest city in the state, is the place where Elvis Presley first began his legendary musical career. The state flower is the iris.

Capital City: Nashville
Nickname: Volunteer State
Motto: Agriculture and Commerce
Statehood: June 1, 1796 (16th)
Origin of State’s Name: Named after Cherokee Indian villages called “Tanasi”
Largest Cities: Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville
Border States: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia
Land Area: 41,220 sq. mi., 34th largest
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Iris (iridaceae)
State Tree: Tulip poplar (liriodendron tulipifera)
State Song:
The Tennessee Waltz
Tennessee, My Homeland
When It’s Iris Time in Tennessee
My Tennessee
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