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The French Period 16991763 It is a well-known fact in early American history that French interest in the Gulf of Mexico area predated the founding of Mobile in 1702. Some twenty years earlier (1678), Robert Cavalier of Rouen, known to history as LaSalle, ventured down the Mississippi River to its mouth, where he planted a standard, claiming for Louis XIV all the land drained by the river and its tributaries. He returned upstream to Canada convinced that this mighty river could become an important artery of French trade.

They managed them; and the water being calm, the Governor and his men easily crossed. After crossing the river of Piache, a Christian having gone to look after a woman gotten away from him, he had been either captured or killed by the natives, and the Governor pressed the chief to tell what had been done; threatening, that should the man not appear, he would never release him. The cacique sent an Indian thence to Mauilla, the town of a chief, his vassal, whither they were going, stating that he sent to give him notice that he should have provisions in readiness and Indians for loads; but which, as afterwards appeared, was a message for him to get together there all the warriors in his country.

Vestal, Elizabeth Garth: from "Terror on the Eliza Battle," Birmingham News, October 5, 1969. Viewpoint Publications: from Charles G. Summersell, Alabama History for Schools (1961). Page ix Contents 1. The Colonial Period 1 2. Alabama as a Territory 17981819 51 3. The Indians 75 4. Indian Wars and Removal 100 5. Economic Development to 1860: Agriculture and Slavery 134 6. Commerce, Industry, and Transportation before 1860 178 7. The Church 217 8. School in Antebellum Alabama 246 9. The Way the People Lived 288 10.

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