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Built by the British in 1756 in answer to the request of the Overhill Cherokee after suffering from the attacks of the French-allied Shawnees, Fort Loudoun was constructed in Tennessee. It was named in honor of John Campbell, Earl of Loudoun.

Today?s Fort Loudoun sits right at the bank of the Little Tennessee River. Although, the original construction was not near the body of water, the construction of the Tellico Dam made the river come closer to the location. It even threatened the integrity of the Fort, so preservationists did some work to raise the area and prevent it from drowning.

Fort Loudoun is a part of the Fort Loudoun State Park. The site was declared as a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
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