Mural (painted by Karen Carr) on display in "The First Alabamians" museum exhibit at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. While not a primary source, this mural is a representation of an encounter between Spanish explorers and Alabama's native peoples. The Spanish were the first explorers to reach Alabama. Hernando de Soto, the first to explore what is now Alabama's interior, marched through Alabama in 1540 searching for gold. Finding none, he killed and enslaved many people and stole supplies from local towns. He and his men also spread diseases like smallpox and chicken pox that devastated native societies.
Creator: Karen Carr
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History