North Texas Irish Festival
Bluegrass Has Green Roots
The Appalachians are a 1,700-mile mountain chain that extends from Quebec to Alabama. In America's infancy, they provided a natural barrier to westward expansion, but once settled, the Appalachians became a harbor to cultures that had vanished in less remote areas. In 1567, a French explorer gave the mountain range its Choctaw Indian name, "Appalachee," which translated to, the "people on the other side". Appalachia described the central and southern regions of the chain, and the term became synonymous with poor folk enriched by a proudly traditional culture.