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Your destination - Memphis

Memphis is located in the southwest corner of Tennessee on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, Memphis is the state's largest city with an estimated population of 660,000. Memphis has emerged in the 21st century as a leading transportation and shipping center embracing a busy harbor, international airport (housing the FedEx corporate headquarters), excellent rail connections, and a modern interstate freeway system.

This multiracial and multicultural community blends Old South tradition with its reputation as the commercial hub of the Mississippi Delta--a productive farming region celebrated for its cotton and soybeans, livestock and poultry; its dynamic distribution and manufacturing market for products and services ranging from processed foods and pharmaceuticals to electronic equipment and medical supplies, to a renown music recording industry. Nearby is an archeological museum on the site of a Native American settlement planted a thousand years ago. Other points of interest include prominent universities and colleges; art museums and galleries; zoo and aquarium; performing arts; Graceland home of Elvis Presley; entertainment and sports arena; first class hotels, clubs, restaurants, and casinos; a symphony orchestra; and Beale Street made famous by W.C. Handy's "Beale Street Blues."The city's access to the river offers such popular attractions as sightseeing cruises and stately riverboat excursions up and down the Mississippi. Annual events include a Blues Festival and a month-long international culture festival.

The Memphis area is rich in history. Settled originally by the Chickasaw people, the present-day site was discovered in 1541 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. The French arrived in the 1600s. In 1763 Great Britain ignored the presence of the French and Spanish and claimed the area by treaty. By the turn of the century, it was ceded to the United States by the Chickasaw, who were then driven from the region. The city was founded in 1819 on land owned by General Andrew Jackson and his partners. It was named after the early Egyptian capital of Memphis, established on the Nile in 3100 B.C. Having achieved its status as one of the nation's busiest ports, the city was incorporated in 1849.


 
 


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