Tennessee was once part of North Carolina, but it was very distant from the government of North Carolina and on the other side of the Smokey Mountains. When North Carolina voted for the U.S. Constitution, it gave its western land to the Federal Government. The U.S. Government made Tennessee a territory. Tennessee wrote a constitution in 1796 and became the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Celebrate your state's history by displaying state symbols, animals, and state flags. Find your supplies at Flagandbanner.com today.