Everything you should know when Moving to Alabama
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If you were wondering where George Washington Carver discovered more than 300 uses for peanuts, it was in Alabama, where the State nut is pecan!
The first permanent European settlement in Alabama was founded by the French at Fort Louis de la Mobile in 1702. The British gained control of the area in 1763 by the Treaty of Paris but had to cede almost all the Alabama region to the U.S. and Spain after the American Revolution. During the later part of 19th century, the economy of the state improved with industrialization. At Tuskegee Institute, founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington, Dr. George Washington Carver carried out his famous agricultural research.
Today paper, chemicals, rubber and plastics, apparel and textiles, primary metals, and automobile manufacturing constitute the leading industries of Alabama.
Continuing as a major manufacturer of coal, iron, and steel, Birmingham is also noted for its world-renowned medical center.
The state ranks high in the production of poultry, soybeans, milk, vegetables, livestock, wheat, cattle, cotton, peanuts, fruits, hogs, and corn. Points of interest include the Helen Keller birthplace at Tuscumbia, the Space and Rocket Center at Huntsville, the White House of the Confederacy, the restored state Capitol, the Civil Rights Memorial, the Rosa Parks Museum & Library, and the Shakespeare Festival Theater Complex in Montgomery; the Civil Rights Institute and the McWane Center in Birmingham; the Russell Cave near Bridgeport; the Bellingrath Gardens at Theodore; the USS Alabama at Mobile; Mound State Monument near Tuscaloosa; and the Gulf Coast area.
Here are some quick facts about Alabama:
Racial break up: White: 3,162,808 (71.1%); Black: 1,155,930 (26.0%); American Indian: 22,430 (0.5%); Asian: 31,346 (0.7%); Other race: 28,998 (0.7%); Two or more races: 44,179 (1.0%); Hispanic/Latino: 75,830 (1.7%).
Tree: Southern longleaf pine
Salt water fish: fighting tarpon
Fresh water fish: largemouth bass
Horse: racking horse
Game bird: wild turkey
Dance: square dance
Official mascot and butterfly: eastern tiger swallowtail
Insect: monarch butterfly
Reptile: Alabama red-bellied turtle
Gemstone: star blue quartz
Shell: scaphella junonia johnstoneae
Nickname: Yellowhammer State
Origin of name: May come from Choctaw meaning “thicket-clearers” or “vegetation-gatherers”
10 largest cities : Birmingham; Montgomery; Mobile; Huntsville; Tuscaloosa; Hoover; Dothan; Decatur; Auburn; Gadsden.
In the 1950s and ’60s, Alabama was the site of such landmark civil-rights actions as the bus boycott in Montgomery (1955–56) and the “Freedom March” from Selma to Montgomery (1965).
Alabama is the 45th* smartest state in America
* The smartest State designation is awarded on the basis of 21 factors selected from Morgan Quitno’s annual reference book, Education State Rankings, 2006-2007. Rates for each of the 21 factors were processed through a formula that measures how a state compares to the national average for a given category. The end result is that the farther below the national average a state’s education ranking is, the lower and less smart it ranks. The farther above the national average, the higher and smarter a state ranks.