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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Great Britain

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
1. Great Britain Marker
Inscription. As early as the 1730's, a few British traders lived among the Chickasaw in this area, but Great Britain's brief ascendancy on the Lower Mississippi did not began until 1763. In that year, the British defeated France in the Seven Years' War and took control of French lands east of the river. The southern part of this area, which included Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi, became British West Florida. To protect this holding, Britain erected Fort Bute on Manchac bend, 115 miles north of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hoping to control their increasingly independent-minded American colonists, the British outlawed any settlements west of the Allegheny Mountains. With the lower river above Natchez controlled by their fierce Chickasaw allies, Britain did not find it necessary to establish any military post in that region.

The American Revolution and the capture of British West Florida by Spain in 1779 ended their nominal 16-year control of the lower river. Britain's attempt to establish a strategic position in Louisiana at the close of the war of 1812 was crushed by Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.
 
Erected by Mud Island River Park.
 
Location. 35° 8.656′ N, 90° 3.559′ 
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By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
2. Great Britain Marker
France, Spain, North Carolina, Tennessee, US, Confederate States, Great Britain Flags
W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Island Road one mile from A.W. Willis Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at the south end of Mud Island under the British 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. France (here, next to this marker); Tennessee (here, next to this marker); North Carolina (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .  Mud Island River Park. (Submitted on March 20, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812War, US Revolutionary
 
France, Spain, North Carolina, Tennessee, US, Confederate States, Great Britain Flags image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
3. France, Spain, North Carolina, Tennessee, US, Confederate States, Great Britain Flags
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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