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The city of Kingsport, Tennessee is in Hawkins, Sullivan, and Washington Counties. It once was, among other things, the Cherokee meeting place for treaties.Daniel Book started his expedition through the Cumberland Gap on the Wilderness Road. The local Cherokee called the area Peace Island, and later, early settlers called it Long Island, and in the 18th century it was called Fort Robinson and Fort Patrick Henry because of the forts which were there. Later, it was called Christiansville and Rossville, in honor of two of the land owners there. It was also called King’s Port after Colonel James King, who owned the King’s Mill Station, a thriving business at the mouth of Reedy Creek, from whence commodities were shipped. That was eventually simplified to one word: Kingsport.

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