Childersburg, Alabama (Images of America Series)

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The oldest continuously occupied city in America, Childersburg, Alabama, is a place with an ancient and distinctive past. This area, once known as Coza (Coca, Coosa), was the political capital of Chief Tushkalusa's far-reaching empire covering all the area from the Ohio River to the Mississippi. Coza's population in 1540 was estimated to be between 30,000 and 40,000, according to de Soto's chroniclers. De Soto's army left at least two Spaniards here when they departed for Mauvilla: a sick black man and a white ...
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Overview


The oldest continuously occupied city in America, Childersburg, Alabama, is a place with an ancient and distinctive past. This area, once known as Coza (Coca, Coosa), was the political capital of Chief Tushkalusa's far-reaching empire covering all the area from the Ohio River to the Mississippi. Coza's population in 1540 was estimated to be between 30,000 and 40,000, according to de Soto's chroniclers. De Soto's army left at least two Spaniards here when they departed for Mauvilla: a sick black man and a white man named Furada. These two men became the first black and white settlers in the territory now known as Alabama. This book will document the history of Childersburg in over 200 images, including the earliest photographs of the city and the ancestors of its citizens. The population boom period during World War II is documented, as well as the history of Kymulga Cave, now known as DeSoto Caverns Park.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738542218
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 2/15/2006
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Author J. Leigh Mathis-Downs is a Childersburg native and local historian who has compiled many genealogical histories of the families of Childersburg. She has written three books, including The History of the Finn Family, Mathis Family History, and The Ancestors of Carla Bacon Bates. She is a consultant and former member of the Childersburg Historic Preservation Commission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    Small Town, Big Southern History

    This book should appeal to anyone with an interest in southern history. It tells the history of an ordinary small southern town thrown into extraordinary circumstances and how they dealt with those circumstances. It lays out airtight proof of Childersburg's legacy of being the oldest occupied city in America. If you have ever lived in Childersburg or had ancestors in Childersburg you will probably find one of your ancestors in here as well. This book appeals to all history buffs and I recommend it highly.

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