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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state.  The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region.  The ETHS educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important.

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • July 18, 1788

    John Sevier's first reply to a proposed treaty with Spain was issued on this day in 1788.  It has since been lost, but James White, who may have helped Sevier write it, later summarized its contents in a letter to Captain General Joseph de Ezpeleta, governor of Havana, Cuba, as saying that the citizens of the state of Franklin "wished to place themselves under the protection of the King [of Spain] through an oath of fidelity, abjuring any other power."