Tuscaloosa, Alabama Pre-1700's
In the Creek and Choctaw languages, “tushka” means
warrior and “lusa” means black. 800 years ago, Tuscaloosa was home
to Moundville, the largest city in North America.
European explorers first entered Alabama in the 1500s from the Northeast. Hernando DeSoto and his 600 men traveled south, capturing Native leaders as hostages to ensure safe passage. The Spaniards reached the town of Maubila in October.
It was here that the conquistadores met Tuscaloosa, a Native leader described as being seven feet tall. After gifts were exchanged, a dispute arose and a battle followed.
After the Spanish expedition, the area became a virtual no-man’s land for over 200 years.
Today, Moundville is among the most important and well preserved archaeological sites in the U.S. Nearly 50,000 people visit each year. Many spectacular artifacts discovered at the site are on display in the park’s museum.
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