By W. Stuart Harris
This easy-to-use reference paintings files the numerous long-vanished cities, forts, settlements, and previous country capitals that have been as soon as thriving groups of Alabama. lifeless cities of Alabama isn't simply a chain of obituaries for useless cities. as a substitute, it brings again to existence eighty three Indian cities, seventy seven castle websites, and 112 colonial, territorial, and nation cities. W. Stuart Harris evokes a wealth of interesting photographs from Alabama's wealthy and colourful past--images of existence because the Indians lived it, of colonial lifestyles within the desert, of Spanish explorers and French exiles, of possibility and romance, of riverboats and railroads, of plantations and gold mines, of stagecoaches and ferries. total, it provides a completely soaking up landscape of Alabama's early history.Here we find out about former capitals--St. Stephens and Cahaba--that have deteriorated to mouldering ruins now. We know about as soon as thriving communities--county seats, river landings and crossings, buying and selling posts, junctions, and different settlements--that time has forgotten. Absent from such a lot maps, those websites come alive back in Harris's attention-grabbing account, crammed anew with the bustling job in their former inhabitants.First released in 1977, useless cities of Alabama is a different guidebook to each quarter of the kingdom. it truly is a useful source for historians, scholars, travelers, and an individual attracted to exploring Alabama's fascinating historic and cultural earlier.
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A group of Choctaws, under the leadership of David Folsom, a half-breed chief, accompanied the Shawnees to the Tombigbee River, making sure that the hostiles were departing from the Choctaw lands. During the night, while they were camping on the west bank of the river, warriors from Black Warrior's Town attacked the Folsom party without warning, killing several of them. The chief of Black Warrior's Town, Oce-oche-motla, welcomed Tecumseh to the town, and soon afterwards, the inhabitants voted to join the Red Sticks.
140 When the French were forced to abandon Fort Toulouse in 1763, the Indians mentioned in the above two divisions were granted permission by the British to migrate and build a settlement on the west side of the Tombigbee River, but they returned to their ancient town sites in 1767. During the Indian war with the Chickasaws in 1793, Okchayudshi was moved across the Page 24 river and settled between the towns of Hickory Ground and Talisi. 142 Okoni. 143 It is believed that the inhabitants of this town were Apalachians of the Hitchiti-Mikasuki dialect, who had abandoned their original homeland around 1710.
This volume should not be construed to be a definitive work on all the dead towns of Alabama, even though it contains the sites and brief histories of 83 Indian towns, 47 fort sites, and 112 colonial, territorial, or state towns of the historic period. The author has found definitization to be virtually an impossible task concerning Alabama, a state with such a long and varied history. As to the locations listed in this volume, it must be remembered that they are only approximate, because some sites, such as that Page ix of Maubila, are debatable or shrouded in mystery; most of the locations, however, are accurate.