(State of Alabama)
• Location: East south-central United States
• Capital: Montgomery
• Language(s): English, Spanish
• Population: 4,802,463
• Total Area: 135,765 sq km
• Curious Alcohol Fact: The state’s drink is the Conecuh Ridge Whisky and many tourists try out the liquor.
• Most Popular Drink(s): Conecuh Ridge Whisky, beers and wines.
• State Nickname: The Yellowhammer State
• Interesting Fact: Alabama has one of the highest concentrations of Blacks who number around 25% of the population.
• What You Must Do in Alabama: Visit the Natural Bridge, one of the longest natural bridges in the country.
Alabama was incorporated into the Union as the 22nd state in 1819. The state has the rough shape of a rectangle and is one of the most important states in the South. The state is bordered by Georgia on the east, Tennessee to the north and Mississippi to the west.The state of Alabama has a chequered history and over the years, it has been subjected to the rule of England, Spain, and France and at a time, the Confederate Forces headed by Jefferson Davis. As a matter of fact, the capital of the state (Montgomery) was once the capital of these forces and that led to the nickname ‘Cradle of the Confederacy’. The state is blessed with sprawling lowland, which has been used for the cultivation of cotton for centuries. This area is often referred to as the Black Belt.
Demographic records of the state indicate that the whites are in the majority as they form more than 70% of the population. Interestingly, around a quarter of the population are Blacks (and settle mainly in the urban areas) and that rate is one of the highest in the United States for Black American population. The Blacks have a history that stretches back to the time of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Others in the state include Hispanics, Native Indians, Pacific Islanders and Asians. Christianity is the major religion in the state.
Eating in Alabama
Agriculture is a major activity in Alabama and you will see the benefit of this while devouring meals in the state. The staple food items in the state are sweet potatoes, corn, berries and vegetables. Meat-based dishes are also quite popular in Alabama and you can try out pork or beef barbeque at any of the local restaurants. By virtue of its location, Alabama is also a thriving center for seafood and I will never forget the tasty catfish soup and rice I enjoyed during my stay in the state.
Drinking in Alabama
The official drink for the state is the Conecuh Ridge Whisky and many tourists will always try a shot or two, especially out of curiosity. There are also fine wines and all sorts of beers and lagers. Fresh fruit juice is widely available and dairy products (especially milk and yogurt) are also easily purchased. Thus, staying in Alabama means that you have more than enough to quench your thirst after a long day touring this historical and amazing American state.
Sports in Alabama
One aspect of Alabama that you will thoroughly enjoy as a tourist or even as a resident is the incredibly popular affinity for sports in the state. The most popular sports in the state include baseball, ice hockey and soccer. For a state that is home to the legendary Huntsville Stars, one should not expect anything less.
Interesting Facts About Alabama
• The highest point in the state is the Mount Cheaha.
• Alabama was once part of the Confederacy.
• The state is one of the largest car producers in the country.
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