Alabama, nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie", joined the union as the 22nd state in 1819. It is located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. The state capitol is Montgomery.

Spanish explorers are believed to have arrived at Mobile Bay in 1519, and the territory was visited in 1540 by the explorer Hernando de Soto. 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 but had to cede almost all the Alabama region to the U.S. and Spain after the American Revolution. The Confederacy was founded at Montgomery in Feb. 1861, and, for a time, the city was the Confederate capital.

Alabama has rich deposits of iron ore, coal, and limestone. This has helped make the state a leader in steel production. Alabama is the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products. Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, is the greatest producer of steel in the South.

Montgomery, Alabama - State Capitol

The beaches are beautiful. Silky white sand that squeaks beneath your feet, with emerald Gulf waters. Alabama's beaches -- Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Dauphin Island -- are spectacular. The southern terminus of the Appalachian Mountain chain is in Alabama, where high ridges and foothills dip down as far as Birmingham and create some stunning natural scenery.

Famous Alabamians: Hank Williams (country singer), Helen Keller (blind author), Willie Mays (baseball), Jesse Owens (Olympics), Jim Nabors (actor), Lionel Hampton (jazz), Joe Louis (boxer), Rosa Parks (civil rights), and Condoleezza Rice (Secretary of State)

Interesting Links
The University of Alabama
The Official Website of the State of Alabama
University of Alabama Athletics - Official Athletics Website
Alabama (U.S. National Park Service)
Alabama State Capitol
Alabama State Capitol Plan Your Visit
Talladega is a city in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. It was incorporated in 1835. At the 2010 census the population was 15,676. The city is the county seat of Talladega County. The city is home to the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind and the Talladega Municipal Airport, a public general aviation airport. The Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega College and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame are located nearby.
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