Travel Info, Holiday destinations, Vacation spots, Hotels, Resorts : Alabama USA
ALABAMA is in the southeastern United States. It is bordered by Tennessee (N), Georgia (E), Florida and the Gulf of Mexico (S), and Mississippi (W).
History of Alabama
The Native American tribes living in the area of present-day Alabama when Europeans arrived were Iroquoian-speaking Cherokee, and the Muskogean-speaking Alabama (Alibamu), Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Koasati, and Mobile.
Spanish explorers are believed to have arrived at Mobile Bay in 1519. They named the region La Florida. The first permanent European settlement in Alabama was founded by the French at Fort Louis de la Mobile in 1702. The British gained control of the area in 1763 by the Treaty of Paris. Soon thereafter they had to cede almost all the Alabama region to the U.S. and Spain after the American Revolution.
The Confederacy was founded at Montgomery on February 4, 1861, and, for a time, the city was the Confederate capital before it was relocated to Richmond, Virginia. The state was in economic doldrums after continued chaos and only in the last quarter of 19th century did the economy improve with industrialization.
In the 1950s and '60s, Alabama saw landmark civil-rights events such as the bus boycott in Montgomery (1955-56) and the "Freedom March" from Selma to Montgomery (1965).
Though almost half of Alabama's area is devoted to agriculture, manufacturing accounts for a larger share of the state's income. Alabama is one of America's foremost Paper and Pulp manufacturer. Chemicals, electronics, textiles, and automobiles are the other major industries in the state. The Marshall NASA Space Flight Center, Redstone Arsenal, Maxwell Air Force Base, and Forts Rucker and McClellan contribute significantly to the economy.
Things To Do; Places To See
Historical Places / Museums
Interesting Historical Places in the state of Alabama that one should visit include Alabama State Capitol - Montgomery, Alabama, St. Stephens Historical Park - St. Stephens, Alabama, Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, Alabama, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site - Tuskegee, Alabama, Fall-n-Folsom, Marion, Alabama, and Magee Farm - Kushla, Alabama..... Read more »
Art / Culture / Theater
Alabama is home to some interesting places of interest to those who love art, music and theater. Alabama Shakespeare Festival - Montgomery, Alabama, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame - Birmingham, Alabama, Hank Williams Museum - Montgomery, Alabama, and The Lily Pond Art Gallery & Tea Room, Jasper ..... Read more »
Interactive / Science
Alabama hosts the Dauphin Island Sea Lab devoted to educating the public, doing marine science research and coastal zone management policy. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, located in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the premier space museums in the world..... Read more »
Adventure / Sightseeing
Noccalula Falls, Gadsden, Alabama is a place of breathtaking beauty and is one of the most beautiful sights in the state.
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Alabama has some interesting Road Trips if you enjoy driving through scenic roads. Some must drive road trips include Alabama Highpoint Scenic Drive - Talladega and Cheaha Mountain, Alabama Gulf Coast: Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores Scenic Drive, and Selma to Montgomery March Byway Scenic Drive. Read more »
Other Holiday Attractions
Other places of attraction in Alabama include Early Works Museum – Huntsville, Alabama, Adventureland Theme Park – Dothan, Alabama and The Mercedes-Benz Factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Read more »
Major cities in Alabama
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Places to stay : Hotels, resorts, motels in Alabama
Airports in Alabama
Alabama : Fact File
Useful facts about the state of Alabama including its capital, flower, song, horse, nut, dance and other offical state emblems and symbols. Read more »