The French were the first to settle in Alabama, establishing Mobile in 1702. From 1702 to 1763, southern Alabama was French. 1763 to 1780, it was part of British West Florida, and 1780 to 1814 part of Spanish West Florida. Statehood for Alabama was delayed because there was no coastline. Andrew Jackson's capture of Spanish Mobile in 1814 rectified the lack of coastline, and Alabama became the twenty-second state admitted to the Union, in 1819.Read More
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