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In 1787 the North Carolina legislature considered Tennessee part of its territory. They authorized and funded the blazing of a settlers' trail by Peter Avery, five forts, and 300 soldiers to protect that road from Cherokee Indians angry about a road crossing their land without permission. The first year 25 families headed west on the trace. The trail connected East Tennessee (Knoxville) with Middle Tennessee (French Lick, or Nashville).
- South end of Clinch Mountain (near Blaine, Grainger, Tennessee)
- Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee
- Fort Southwest Point, Kingston, Roane, Tennessee
- Fort Blount, Jackson, Tennessee at a ford to the north side of the Cumberland River
- Bledsoe’s Fort, Castalian Springs, Sumner, Tennessee
- Mansker’s Fort, Goodlettsville, Davidson, Tennessee
- Fort Nashborough, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee crossing to the south side of the Cumberland River
Settlers and Records
For partial list of settlers who used the Avery's Trace, see:
- Doug Drake, Jack Masters, and Bill Puryear, Founding of the Cumberland, The First Atlas 1779-1804, Showing Who Came, How They Came, and Where They Put Down Roots (Gallatin, Tenn. : Warioto Press, ©2009) [FHL 976.8 E7d]. Also see their Internet site below.
- Bill Puryear, Jack Masters, and Doug Drake, Cumberland Pioneer Settlers 1779-1804 at http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/averytrace.html (accessed 5 August 2010).
- ↑ William Dollarhide, Map Guide to American Migration Routes 1735-1815 (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1997) [FHL 973 E3d], 22.
- ↑ Wikipedia contributors, "Avery’s Trace," in Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avery%27s_Trace (accessed 27 July 2010).
- ↑ "Avery Trace" in Cumberland Pioneer Settlers 1779 - 1804 at http://www.cumberlandpioneers.com/averytrace.html (accessed 5 August 2010). Detailed explanation of why Avery's Trace is not what the road from Knoxville to Nashville was likely called.