“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

North Carolina

North Carolina Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
1. North Carolina Marker
Inscription. In the 1700s, the western boundary of the British Crown Colony of North Carolina extended, in theory, to the Mississippi River. Much of this was academic, however, and the western Tennessee territory which bordered the river was in fact the property of the Chickasaw Indians. In the Revolutionary War, Mountain Men from the Tennessee frontier fought in North Carolina militia units at the battle of King's Mountain, but at the end of the war, the new State of North Carolina and its citizens were left in serious financial trouble, and the Chickasaw

lands were looked upon as a source of economic gain. In 1783, North Carolina opened a land office to sell entry claims to the property between the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers, despite the Chickasaws' rights. This official land grab prompted a rush of claim filing, and about 2 million acres of the Chickasaw lands were sold, largely to the politicians and leading citizens of North Carolina who had promoted the venture. John Rice, one of those speculators, bought the claim to 5,000 acres on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff on October 23, 1783. Two day later, John Ramsey filed a claim for the 5,000 acres to the south. Rice had come to the bluff in 1783 and surveyed this property, marking a corner of his claim by hacking his initials on a tree. He was later killed by Native Americans, leaving
North Carolina Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
2. North Carolina Marker
France, Spain, North Carolina, Tennessee, US, Confederate States, Great Britain Flags
to his heirs the land which was to become the site of Memphis. In 1789, North Carolina ceded the West Tennessee territory to the United States, and it remained a part of the Southwest Territory until Tennessee was admitted to the United States in 1796.
Erected by Mud Island River Park.
Location. 35° 8.659′ N, 90° 3.561′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Island Road one mile south of A.W. Willis Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at the south end of Mud Island under the NC flag. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 North Front Street, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tennessee (here, next to this marker); France (here, next to this marker); Great Britain (here, next to this marker); Confederate States of America (a few steps from this marker); Spain (a few steps from this marker); Memphis Queen II (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cobblestone Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jefferson Davis Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . .
1. The State of North Carolina's Indian Policy 1783. John Rice received Grant No. 283 for 5,000 acres at Chickasaw
Memphis on the banks of the Mississippi River image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
3. Memphis on the banks of the Mississippi River
Bluff (on the Mississippi River) in North Carolina’s Western District in 1783.(4) The Chickasaw claim for their West Tennessee land was not extinguished until 1818. This grant is typical of hundreds of grants that were issued for not-ceded Indian land, both Chickasaw and Cherokee. (Submitted on March 20, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Mud Island River Park. (Submitted on March 20, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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