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Cumberland Gap

The Cumberland Gap was one of the most important geographic features of the early United States. Located near the junction of Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky, the Cumberland Gap pierced the Appalachian Mountains to provide a natural entry point into Kentucky and Tennessee. About twelve miles long, the Cumberland Gap helped connect three highly productive agricultural regions: Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Kentucky’s bluegrass region, and Tennessee’s Nashville basin.

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