22nd State (December 14, 1819), southern central U.S.
State Abbreviation: AL
Nickname: The Yellowhammer State, The Heart of Dixie, The
Origin of Name: Choctaw
tongue, translates the name as thicket clearers.
Things to Know
Alabama was home to the Creek Indians. The first known European
explorers were of Spanish descent and arrived at in the 1500s, and
later the French and English settled here. After the French and
Indian War (1763) France gave its territory to England, but Spain
held claim to the territory around Mobile.
In 1783, which officially ended the American Revolution, Spain gained
Mobile, and the new United States received the rest of the
present-day state. America in 1813 claimed Mobile as a part of the
Louisiana Purchase of 1803, and drove the Spanish out of the area.
The Creek Indians lost their hold on the land due to General
Andrew Jackson. Alabama was part of the Confederacy during the
Civil War. In 1965, the Civil Rights Movement got its start in
Montgomery when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person.
The deepest gorge in the U.S. east of the Rockies is at Little
River Canyon near Fort Payne, Alabama.
Boll Weevil Monument
The only memorial in the world which glorifies a pest - the Mexican
Boll Weevil is located in Enterprise, Alabama.
Dothan Alabama is the Peanut
Capital of the World. Fifty percent of all the peanuts produced
in the U.S. are grown within 100 miles of Dothan.
Major Rivers: Tombigbee River, Alabama River, Tennessee River, Chattahoochee River.
Keller, 1880-1968, author and educator about blindness
Civil rights leader (with her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr.), Marion.
Civil rights leader who refused to give up her bus seat to a white
Hank Aaron, 1934
An American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Aaron is best known for setting the Major League Baseball record for most home runs in a career (755).
Tuskaloosa, Choctaw chief
William Weatherford (Red Eagle) Creek Indian leader
Things To Do
Alabama State Bird and State Flower Printable
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Sites to See
Through the Ages
A timeline of Alabama history from prehistory to modern day.
Things To Do-Other Sites
Read about the Alabama State Quarter and print out the color page.
ADAH Youth Activity Sheets
Alabama Stat Flag Color Page
Make a class cookbook and hold an "Eating Meeting."
Indian Gallery Word Search
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to Montgomery March Quiz