This class begins with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in search of gold, followed by the French traders, and then finally the English long-hunters and traders who crossed the Appalachians.

Due to the rapid population growth of the English colonies along the Atlantic seaboard, surveyors in search of land for settlement will see the vast potential of this “Eden of the West.” English settlements will follow. Not only do settlers from the 13 colonies arrive, but with them come enslaved persons of African descent.

Dr. Carole Bucy is professor of history at Volunteer State Community College and holds degrees in history from Baylor University, George Peabody College, and Vanderbilt University. She is the Davidson County Historian, an honorary position. As a longtime advocate for local and state history, she regularly conducts educator workshops on the incorporation of Tennessee history into existing US history courses and is a frequent speaker across the state on a variety of historical subjects. She is the author of the textbook used in 4th and 5th Social Studies classes in several school districts across the state and she is currently working on a Tennessee history textbook for college students. She is a much sought-after speaker across the state on subjects related to Tennessee history and women’s history.


February 9, 2021


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