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ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Settlement – a collection of lost and forgotten stories

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Alabama Footprints: Settlement is a collection of lost and forgotten stories of the first surveyors, traders, and early settlements of what would become the future state of Alabama.

Before statehood, travelers to the future state of Alabama faced a formidable task as they threaded their way through the vast wilderness down paths of what was then mainly Native American land.

Until 1806, rivers and Native American trails were the only means of communication in the Alabama region, but in that year Congress provided for the construction of the first two roads, the Natchez Trace and the Federal Road.


Table of Contents

England, France & Spain Claimed Alabama 

  • Priest, Fur Trader And Explorer Search For The Mouth Of The Mississippi River
  • Whole Territory Of Alabama Was An Immense Wilderness
  • A Russian Princess In Early Alabama
  • Alliances Create Division Among Native Americans


  • Traders From Scotland Marry Native Americans
  • Native American Government Trading Houses Established
  • Traders Used Pack-horses To Transport Their Merchandise
  • A Ruse Saved Immigrants Lives While Traveling Through Indian Territory

Postal Routes 

  • Isaac Briggs Risks His Life To Map A Road
  • Benjamin Hawkins Established A Mail Route

Travel To Alabama 

  • Before The Federal Road
  • Women Steered The Boats While The Men Fought
  • Neither Indian Or White Man Was Seen
  • Early Loyalists To The King Followed Native American Trails To Alabama

Early Settlements

  • Mobile And Louisiana Territory Almost Became An Independent Republic
  • Huntsville Was Built Around A Great Spring
  • Burnt Corn, Alabama Older than the United States
  • Native Americans Owned Farms And Raised Cotton
  • Land Fraud In Tennessee Led Many To Alabama

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