A Glance into the Great South-East, or Clarke County, Alabama, and its surroundings, from 1540 to 1877 Timothy Horton Ball

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A Glance into the Great South-East, or Clarke County, Alabama, and its surroundings, from 1540 to 1877 by Timothy Horton Ball
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INTRODUCTION.THE state of Alabama is nearly as large as tliat part of the island of Great Britain called England. The area of England, according to some authorities, is fifty thousand nine hundred and twenty-two square miles. The area of Alabama isMoreINTRODUCTION.THE state of Alabama is nearly as large as tliat part of the island of Great Britain called England.

The area of England, according to some authorities, is fifty thousand nine hundred and twenty-two square miles. The area of Alabama is fifty thousand seven hundred and twenty-two square miles. The homes of Merry England are known throughout the English-speaking world. The homes of Alabama, smooth and harmonious as is the name, have not perhaps attained the same wide-spread celebrity.Among the sixty-six counties into which at present this state of Alabama is divided, the county of Clarke is by no means the most fertile, nor the one most abounding in mineral resources- nor is it needful to claim for it the most wealth and culture.

But it is, as to its area, one of the largest in the state, it has a peculiar locality, and its history is very attractive. Indeed, Clarke county, with its surroundings, the region which, on the following pages, will be not only introduced to the reader, but spread out in some of its details, if not the most beautiful in the state is certainly in some parts grand and in others picturesque- and if not the most productive in respect to material resources, it contains the localities of the oldest known American settlements in the state, the localities of some of our most noted historic events, and of other events of a tragic and of a romantic interest.The reader who goes along with the writer throughall the chapters of this volume can judge for himself whether the central locality for an interesting research has been wisely chosen - even should he not be able fully to appreciate the feelings of that citizen in the earlier times, who, when asked in the city of Mobile where he was from, replied, From the independent state of old Clarke.THE TITLE.The view of this region which this volume presents is called a Glance into the Great South-East, because the reader will thus be enabled to form quite a full and correct idea of the early settlement, the productions, and the present condition of that larger region characterized by the growth of the long leaf pine, and of that still larger region known as the cotton-growing belt ol the United States, at least of that portion of it lying east of the Mississippi river.

Judge Meek, of Mobile, called a work which presents the leading historic events of this same part of Alabama, which was published in 1857, Romantic Passages in Southwestern History, a title, he says, suggested by his publishers- and in an oration found in that work, an oration delivered in 1839, entitled The Southwest, he assigns this name to the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

But what might have been appropriate in 1839, when we had no Texas, New Mexico, nor California within our borders, has ceased to be appropriate in the present extent of the territory of the United States.Texas was annexed in 1845 - by the treaty of Gau-daloupe Hidalgo, at the close of the Mexican war, other territorv was ceded to the United States in 1848 - andin 1853 still further territory was secured by the Gadsden purchase.

And so in reference to the whole of this broad land, our country in 1877, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, are here called, what they truly are, the Great South-East. Steinwehr, the author of a leading modern geography, calls the three states above named, with the two Carolinas, the South-Eastern States, of which agriculture, he says, is the leading occupation - cotton and corn, sweet potatoes and rice, being the principal products.



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