Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Alabama
Alabama, our 22nd state, was admitted to the Union December 14, 1819. The 2000 census has Alabama's population at 4,447,100 ranking 23rd in the US. With a total area of 52,419 square miles, the state ranks 30th in size. Montgomery is Alabama's capital; Birmingham is its largest city.
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Alabama fun facts:
Alabama State Bird: Yellowhammer
Alabama State Flower: Camellia
Alabama State Motto: We dare defend our rights.
Alabama State Song: Alabama
Alabama State Tree: Southern longleaf pine
Nickname: The Heart of Dixie
The geographic center of Alabama is located in Chilton County, approximately 12 miles SW of Clanton. With an elevation of 2.405 feet, Cheaha Mountain, in the Talladega National Forest about 15 miles south of Anniston, is the state's highest point. The name Alabama derives from the Creek Indian language for "tribal town." The Mobile river and its tributaries form the chief river system.
Brief History: Alabama was peopled by Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Alabama and Choctaw when the first Europeans arrived in the form of Spanish explorers in the early 1500's. The French settled Mobile Bay, but later ceded the entire region to England under the Treaty of Paris. Spanish forces regained control until US troops seized the area in the early 1800's. Once a stronghold of the Confederacy, Alabama became a center of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's.
Among Alabama's attractions are the US Space & Rocket Center/Space Camp near Huntsville; Russell Cave National Monument; Helen Keller's birthplace at Tuscumbia; USS Alabama Memorial Park in Mobile; many excellent fishing and boating opportunities; and the beautiful white sand beaches of the state's Gulf coast.