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When Hernando de Soto wandered through here in 1540, he claimed the area for Spain by poking a Spanish flag into the banks of the Alabama River. A few hundred years later a bunch of French folks decided to ignore his claim and set up their own settlement of Fort Toulouse (1717). This brought even more adventurers to the area and pretty soon two new towns, East Alabama and New Philadelphia had set up house. In 1819 these two settlements decided to unite and name their combined town Montgomery in honor of General Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary hero. Its central location to fertile farms helped it grow quicky with the state capitol moving here from Tuscaloosa in 1847. Known as the "Cradle of the Confederacy" it was captured by Union troops in April 1865.
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