Herds of deer and buffalo made the region an excellent hunting ground. Though there were no native villages in the immediate area, tension and violence between Native Americans and settlers was very real. By the s, the area that is now Nashville came to be known as French Lick. During that time, the only other whites to explore the area were long hunters, who got their name from extended, months-long hunting trips over the Appalachian Mountains the chain that runs from Canada to central Alabama today. In the s, the Indian Treaty of Lochaber and the Transylvania Purchase gave settlers access to land west of the Appalachians.
French Lick, Indiana
French Lick, Indiana - Wikipedia
In November , the French Lick Resort Casino , the state's tenth casino in the modern legalized era, opened, drawing national attention to the small town. However, it is best known as the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird. French Lick was originally a French trading post built near a spring and salt lick. A fortified ranger post was established near the springs in On Johnson's map of Indiana, the community was known as Salt Spring. The town was founded in
History in Nashville
Early trading at French Lick, or the Big Salt Springs on the Cumberland River, involved all of the players in the imperial struggle of the eighteenth century. A natural magnet for wild game, French Lick had long attracted native hunters before French and English traders arrived. The territory between the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers was a hunting ground for many tribes.
Fort Nashborough , also known as Fort Bluff , Bluff Station , French Lick Fort , Cumberland River Fort and other names, was the stockade established in early in the French Lick area of the Cumberland River valley , as a forerunner to the settlement that would become the city of Nashville, Tennessee. The fort was not a military garrison. The log stockade was square in shape and covered 2 acres 8, m 2. It contained 20 log cabins and was protection for the settlers against wild animals and Indians.