Northern Florida border once passed though Smiths Station, Alabama
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Since: Dec 08
#1 Aug 24, 2011
I found it leaving Del Ranch & heading towards downtown Smiths Station. Ride along that way, keeping one eye on the right side of the road for signs. You'll see a big green sign reading "Historic Marker Ahead". I've seen that sign for years & finally decided to top & have a look-see. I was amazed at what I found, which led me to study up on the history of Florida, when that state claimed half of Alabama & Georgia! People are all very surprised, & I wonder why they don't teach us interesting stuff like this in school... or did they & I just skipped that class? West Florida from Wikinfo: "West Florida was from 1682 until 1762 a part of the French colony of Louisiana when it was ceded to British. It was lost to Spain in 1769. After the sale of the Lousiana Territory to the United States in 1803, resentment of Spanish rule in West Florida by British settlers resulted in a rebellion in 1810 and establishment of the Free and Independent Republic of West Florida. On Sept. 23, after meetings beginning in June, 1810, rebels overcame the Spanish garrison at Baton Rouge. The boundaries of West Florida included all territory south of the 31st parallel, west of the Perdido River (now in Florida), and east of the Mississippi River, but north of Lake Pontchartrain. The southern boundary was of course the Gulf of Mexico. It included part of the Florida Panhandle, and the lower portions of what is now Alabama, the northern border falling along the old Federal Highway which crossed the Chattahoochee River at Columbus, Georgia (just above the Spanish Fort Apalachicola) across along Smiths Station, Alabama and other towns through Alabama to Mississippi and the Louisiana parishes of East Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Washington..."
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