Alabama and the Borderlands: From Prehistory to Statehood by Reid Badger, Lawrence A. Clayton, Dr. Marvin T. Smith, Bruce

By Reid Badger, Lawrence A. Clayton, Dr. Marvin T. Smith, Bruce D. Smith, Richard A. Krause, Eugene Lyon, Charles Hudson, Jeffrey P. Brain, Chester B. DePratter, Hazel P. Coker, William S. Coker, Michale C. Scardaville, Wilcomb Washburn, James B. Griffin

Born of a priority with Alabama's earlier and the necessity to discover and clarify that legacy, this booklet brings jointly the nation's prime students at the prehistory and early background of Alabama and the southeastern U.S. protecting themes starting from the Mississippian interval in archaeology and the de Soto day trip (and different early eu explorations and settlements of Alabama) to the 1780 Siege of cellular, it is a complete and readable choice of scholarship on early Alabama.

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The overall picture is one of a sparse populace, gathered together in small communities, and each independent of the comings and goings of others: each, in effect, a nation unto itself. 32 However, an important transition had been fully realized. Food was now moved to and among people. Upon this foundation a new and stratified-as opposed to ranked-social order was raised. Mexico's regionally distinct village farming traditions formed the weft threads in the emergent tapestry of state and empire.

Thus when the local populace swelled to the demographic stress point and the demands for an inflow of goods exceeded the available supply, the center had both the organizational structure and the manpower to extend its demands upon the productive power of the hinterland, either by (I) economic threat and intimidation or (2) military venture. Population densities in the hinterland may have remained low and a pattern of fight and flight may have still obtained there, unless or until formerly autonomous communities were incorporated into the network of control cast by the market center.

Timber, brush, and bark-covered houses of various sizes and shapes, exquisite ornaments, well-developed traditions of potting and weaving, and elaborate burial ceremonialism (frequently interpreted as signaling differences in rank) are found among them. 49 This expressed potential was, we suspect, of primary import in providing a foundation for later developments. Once in place, it fostered an institutional structure and plan of organization from which many later peoples departed reluctantly, or not at all.

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