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Updated on December 5, 2012

Information On Alabama

The State of Alabama is in the South Eastern USA, and it is bordered by Tennessee in the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.

Alabama was the name of an Indian tribe who inhabited the area when the first Europeans arrived in what is now central Alabama. One of the major waterways in the state was named for them, and from this river, in turn, the name of the state was derived.

During the Civil War, Montgomery, the state capital, was the capital of the Confederate States of America. Because of this, Montgomery is known as the "Cradle of the Confederacy."

Another of Alabama's nicknames is the "Yellowhammer State." The state probably got this nickname because its Confederate troops placed yellow trimmings on their uniforms during the Civil War. Yellowhammers are birds with yellow patches under their wings.

The Alabama landscape includes forest-covered hills and ridges in the north and dense pine forests, rolling grasslands, and low croplands in the south.

Huge cotton plantations using slave labor were once common in Alabama, but today cotton is no longer the primary source of revenue, even though it is still an important crop. Much of the land is now used to grow soybeans and corn as well as peanuts and melons and of course livestock.

Alabama also is important to the space industry, with the city of Huntsville being known as "Rocket City U.S.A." because it is the site of Redstone Arsenal, Marshall Space Flight Center, and the United States Space and Rocket Center.

Famous people who have lived and worked in Alabama include Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver and Helen Keller.

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Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama by Lynrd Skynrd is the unofficial anthem of the State Of Alabama. I don't think any other rock song has been identified in such a way for any other state.

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      6 years ago

      We spent a month in Alabama in our RV. It was nice to have nice weather while the rest of the country was buried in snow. Added my lens about Moundville.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      My husband tells me that he is going to retire in November so i am looking forward to he and I doing a little more traveling next year. He wants to hit into the US early next year.

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      6 years ago

      Fun lens on Alabama!

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      7 years ago

      Did you know that Mobile, Alabama is actually the first US city home to Mardi Gras? Its true! :-) Great lens!

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      7 years ago from McLaughlin

      Great lens on Alabama--great resources!

    • patinkc profile image


      7 years ago from Midwest

      I'm from Alabama! :-)

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      7 years ago

      I've never been to Alabama. I'd like to visit one day.

    • MichelleL3 profile image


      8 years ago

      I see a photo of my town! You did a really great job...

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      9 years ago

      I didn't realise that the name Alabam came from an Indian tribe!

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      9 years ago

      I think its 3rd grade when kids have to do a state report? Are you trying to help them cheat...ha ha Just kidding. This is very cool but why Alabama? I will have to poke around I'm sure there are other great state lenses of yours I just haven't seen. 5 stars!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for adding this lens to the Squidoo Skidoo group:-)

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      Mickie Goad 

      9 years ago

      I am from Alabama. Nice work. FYI, I have an "Alabama: the State" group. I featured your lens there.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This inspired me to write about Wisconsin. Good luck with your 50 state quest. Nice job.

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      9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Looks like you have a big project on your hands. Good luck with your state lenses. 5*s for this one too :)

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 

      9 years ago

      Awesome idea to do this with all the states....keep working on's going to be a pretty awesome project.....

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      Tyla MacAllister 

      9 years ago

      Great lens about Alabama. BTW the Yellowhammer is a Flicker, which is a type of woodpecker. Although it's not really different from the Northern flicker it is often referred to as the "Southern Flicker." Some people say it has more yellow on its head than the northern birds so I guess that's how the name yellowhammer came about.

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      Paula Atwell 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Nice job here Poddys. This is a lens that can grow and grow. Blessings.

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      nightbear lm 

      9 years ago

      Too Hot, Too Sticky But a great lens.

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've been through Alabama twice. Mobile was beautiful, and I remember the Krispy Kreme shops every few miles seemingly. Can't wait to see the next chapter of this series!

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      9 years ago

      Welcome to the North America Travel Group. I have added a new Alabama module and featured your lens. Excellent work.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I have been to Alabama, right now all that I can remember is Huntsville. Guess, I'll have to come back here if I plan on going back.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you for adding this lens to the 50 States lens and helping chil

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      9 years ago

      Like the others have said Poddys, a great idea, keep going with the other states. One question mind (coming from perhaps an ignorant Englishman) is there not 50 stars and 13 stripes on the flag to represent the amount of states in times gone past but now 2 more states have been added (minus the stars) ?

      I have never 'googled' it but that was what I was led to believe

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      9 years ago

      Used to live in Pensacola, Fla. & trekked to Mobile, Al a number of times. Used to refer to it as LA (lower Alabama). Nice series of lenses Tony.

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      9 years ago from England

      Great idea! Packed full of good information too :)

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      Great info here, Tony. I've been to almost every state in the country but I don't think I've ever been to Alabama. Think I'll talk Jack into heading down there next winter to check it out...I'll add it to the states we would go for housesitting assignments! Wouldn't have thought of it without reading this lens...thanks!

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      9 years ago

      Gosh -- only a few more states to cover! Tony, great idea for a lens -- Sweet Home Alabama would be good theme song.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great idea. I went to High School and college in Alabama. This was the only times that I wasn't living in South Carolina. I added my sister's lens about Scottsboro.

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      9 years ago

      Another excellent lens. Very useful

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Information! I didn't realize Alabama bordered on Florida! Keep up the good work! Cheers! :)

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      [in reply to QueSea] Thanks, I appreciate the nice comments. This is the first of a niche I came up with earlier today. I hope it proves to be successful. I should get to Michigan in about a week - sooner if I can...

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      9 years ago

      Looks like you've found another niche...a good one at that. I like the modules you used. They certainly help a traveler know what's going on (smile).


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