In response to the post by Gritchka
, I am presenting the prelude
to the State of Franklin
, and a couple of clarify
ing points of interest.
the Watauga River Valley
and the surrounding areas started to be settled
. In 1772
the group of settlers formed what was then called the Watauga Association
which consisted of property that is now located in the North Eastern Tip
. This association was formed not only as a defense
from the Cherokee
but also from the Choctaw
Several years later, a survey
of lands found that the property claimed by the Watauga Association were in fact part of the claim
that North Carolina held. Shortly after the survey, the settlers of the Watauga Association pledged
to assist North Carolina
in the Revolutionary
effort if they would reclaim
the lands. North Carolina agreed to the provisions
, and the Watauga Association was absorbed back into North Carolina.
Because the settlers of the Watauga Association were used to "Self Government
," it soon became common practice to shoot and steal from the North Carolina tax collectors
. This led to North Carolina's failure to build up infrastructure
in the area such as road
s, and militia
. This made the settlers in the old Watauga Association unhappy, and restless. Combined with the additional Indian
raids on the ever growing western North Carolina, the state decided that it could no longer afford the extra tax penalty
(due to the Revolutionary War
) and opted to cede
the western lands to Congress (as noted above). In retaliation
, the settlers created the "State of Franklin" to spite
and purposefully ignore the control of North Carolina.
One important thing to note is that the Davidson County
that was part of the State of Franklin is indeed the parent county of what is now known as Davidson County, Tennessee
, Tennessee is currently located. At the time of the State of Franklin, the county encompassed
the majority of the western area of now Tennessee. Davidson County did not however originally join the State of Franklin, but chose to remain independent from government control until Indian raids on the Davison lands increased to the point where assistance from Franklin was requested.
I hope that helps to clarify some additional points regarding the State of Franklin.