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Alabama is Born - Six Exclusive Interviews


Alabama is Born - Six Exclusive Interviews
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.17

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    exclusive, separation, Tecumseh, invaders, loyalty, arrival, treaty, legend, region, traveled, tribe, battle, subject, birth, however, former
     content words:    Alabama Presents, Nate Ivson, Prince Madoc, Native Americans, Mobile Bay, DeSoto Falls, Hernando De Soto, When Spanish, De Soto, Chief Tuskaloosa


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Alabama is Born - Six Exclusive Interviews
By Jennifer Jensen
  

1     From the newsroom of WALA
 
2     AL: "Alabama Presents" brings you six exclusive interviews on the birth of Alabama. Here's Stacy . . .
 
3     STACY UNITED: Thanks, Al. I am standing in front of a former cabinet-maker's shop in Huntsville where a beautiful 52,423 square mile baby was born on December 14, 1819.
 
4     AL: More from Stacy later. Now we turn to the story of the people who know this land best. Nate Ivson, could you recount the legend of Prince Madoc?
 
5     NATE IVSON: At the time of the mound builders it is rumored Native Americans had initial contact with the white man. Legends tell of the arrival of Prince Madoc from Wales in 1170. Prince Madoc is said to have entered the land at Mobile Bay, traveled northward, and built forts around DeSoto Falls.
 
6     AL: Incredible! Could you also tell us about Hernando De Soto?
 
7     NATE IVSON: Of course, Al. When Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto came in 1540, Chief Tuskaloosa prepared his men for battle. Traveling to Maubila with De Soto, Chief Tuskaloosa sent a messenger to tell his people of the invaders. One of De Soto's soldiers uncovered this plan and alerted De Soto. He burned the city of Maubila to the ground.
 
8     AL: Thank you, Nate. Our next guest, Spann Yard believes his people had a legitimate reason for this battle. Spann . . .

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