Alabama is in the south-eastern part of the United States, bordering on the Gulf of Mexico. It has the second largest inland waterway system in the US.
Date first discovered by Europeans: The first Europeans to discover Alabama were a Spanish expedition led by Hernando De Soto in 1540.
Date admitted to US: 1819
Date succeeded from the US: 1861
Date readmitted to US: 1868
Largest City: Birmingham
Terrain: The southern end of the Appalachian Mountains are in the north, but give way to a coastal plain in the southern part of the state.
Area rank: 30th
Population rank: 24th
Electoral votes: 9
Although members of Hernando De Soto’s expedition were the first Europeans to discover Alabama, it was not settled by Europeans until 1702 when the French built Old Mobile. That is 160 years after its initial discovery by Europeans. Mobile was later moved to its current site in 1711 because of flooding.
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