Origin of "Tennessee"

Tennessee State Name Origin

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Tennessee topography and geology map

Tennessee topography and geology map by USGS: A Tapestry of Time and Terrain.

What does "Tennessee" mean?

The state of Tennessee was named after a Cherokee Indian village called Tanasi. Tanasi was also the Cherokee word for the river. Tennessee became the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Many states derive their names from native American languages.

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Images

The state of Tennessee, USA (public domain image).

Tennessee, USA