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== History ==
After the Spanish San Franciscans arrived in Saint Augustine, Florida in 1573, they started moving northward and eastward into the Alabama area. France claimed the region in 1699 and established Fort Conde (Mobile) in 1702 and Fort Toulouse in 1717. The French controlled this area until 1763. The British governed this area as part of West Florida from 1763 to 1783. In 1783, the British ceded Mobile to the Spanish while the rest of Alabama became a part of Georgia. In 1798, Alabama was incorporate as part of the Mississippi Territory. The U.S. claimed Mobile in 1813 during the War of 1812 and the rest of Alabama was organized into a territory in 1817.<ref>Christina K. Schaefer, ''Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the counties of the Western Hemisphere'' (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 559. [ WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|822639|item|disp=FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998}}</ref>
== Additional Readings ==
* ''Alabama and the Borderlands from Prehistory to Statehood'' by R. Reid Badger and Lawrence A. Clayton. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1985.
* "Alabama's Forgotten Settlers: Notes on the Spanish Mobile District, 1780-1813," by Jack D.L. Holmes. '''Alabama Historical Quarterly''' 33 (Summer 1974): 87-97, fiche 6334262.
* ''Colonial Mobile'' by Peter Joseph Hamilton. 1897. Reprint. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1976.
* ''Early Settlers of Alabama''. 2 Vols. by Elizabeth S. Blair and James E. Saunders. 1899. Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969, fiche 6051449.
* ''Fort Toulouse: The French Outpost at the Alabamas on the Coosa'' by Daniel H. Thomas. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1989.
* ''Historical Atlas of Alabama'' by Donald B. Dodd. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1974.
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