Native Americans up to 1779   

native americansPrehistoric people and historic era Native American tribes once hunted and thrived in this lush setting, including Cherokee, Chickasaw, Shawnee, Creek, and Choctaw tribes. In the late 1700s, company and commerce came to the area when French Canadian trader Timothy Demonbreun established seasonal trade with the Native Americans near the banks of the Cumberland River.

The English and French soon competed to dominate trade with the tribes — guns and supplies for valuable furs — putting pressure on available natural resources and creating competition and friction between the tribes. Federal treaties and state laws to keep settlers out of the area were nearly impossible to enforce, and small, stubborn settlements popped up throughout the territory.


Resource links: TNGenWeb Project

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