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Alabama: A Documentary History to 1900 by Lucille Blanche Griffith

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The Lides Go South and West (1952). Vestal, Elizabeth Garth: from "Terror on the Eliza Battle," Birmingham News, October 5, 1969. Viewpoint Publications: from Charles G. Summersell, Alabama History for Schools (1961). Page ix Contents 1. The Colonial Period 1 2. Alabama as a Territory 17981819 51 3. The Indians 75 4. Indian Wars and Removal 100 5. Economic Development to 1860: Agriculture and Slavery 134 6. Commerce, Industry, and Transportation before 1860 178 7. The Church 217 8. School in Antebellum Alabama 246 9.

He was to have the "routine titles and concessions" that came with the office. Setting out from Santo Domingo and after prolonged stays in Trinidad and Havana, he and his party of some 400 men and 80 horses landed at Tampa Bay on April 14, 1528. After many indecisions and much consultation between the governor and his subordinates, the party started westward, heading for Mexico. Having lost many of their ships (and using rafts the men had improvised from logs, horse hides, palmetto and horse hair for ropes, and even their shirts for sails), and encountering troubles with the natives whenever they ventured ashore, they reached the Mobile area in the late fall of 1528.

Short of fresh water, the party under Commander Cabeza de Vaca landed at Mobile Bay early in November. Cabeza de Vaca, who proved to be the historian of the expedition, gives here an "unvarnished, soldierly account" of what they went through: Continuing along the coast, we entered an estuary [Mobile Bay] where we saw a canoe of Indians coming toward us. We hailed them and, when they drew close to the Governor's boat, he asked for water. They showed themselves willing to get some if we furnished containers.

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