TIMELINE INCLUDES AMERICAN HISTORY EVENTS. NAVIGATE BY CLICKING ON THE DATES ABOVE.

1492
Christopher Columbus, sailing from Spain in search of the Indies, discovers the Americas.

1519
Alonzo Alvarez de Piñeda of Spain explores Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Mexico, including Mobile Bay.
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1528 .. 1536
Spaniard Pánfilo de Narváez fails in Florida Gulf Coast colonization attempt.

1539 .. 1541 Hernando de Soto explores Southeast, meeting Chief Tuskaloosa (Tascaluza) in Battle of Maubila in southwest Alabama (October 18, 1540).
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1559 .. 1561
Don Tristán de Luna fails to establish permanent Spanish colony on Alabama-Florida coast.
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ca. 1600
Beginning of the rise of the historic tribes of Alabama: Muskogean-speaking Indian groups, remnants of the Mississippian chiefdoms, coalesces into the Creek Confederacy. Similar developments take place among the other heirs to the Mississippian tradition, creating the Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Cherokee tribes.

1607
First permanent English colony in North America established at Jamestown, Virginia.

1620
Pilgrims establish Plymouth Colony.

1682
Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle, navigates the Mississippi River, claiming area of Louisiana in honor of Louis XIV, king of France.

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