Category: Guide to Alabama

Alabama – This state is the cotton state of the USA and its name comes from the Indian, derived from the tribes of the Alabamos or Alibamos once settled here. Alabama is also called Heart of the South (Heart of Dixie). Alabama has approximately 3.6 million inhabitants, the capital is Montgomery. The state was discovered in 1540 by the Spaniard Hernando de Soto, but it was not until 1702 that the French settled near Mobile Bay. Alabama was originally part of the vast Mississippi Territory. In 1819 Alabama became the 22nd state in the United States. The main products of this country are cotton, steel and peanuts. The most famous citizens are Nat King Cole and Olympic champion Jesse Owens (4 gold medals in Berlin in 1936). Alabama is also known for its racial riots that have flared up particularly in the past.