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By Reid Badger, Lawrence A. Clayton, Dr. Marvin T. Smith, Bruce D. Smith, Richard A. Krause, Eugene Lyon, Charles Hudson, Jeffrey P. Brain, Chester B. DePratter, Hazel P. Coker, William S. Coker, Michale C. Scardaville, Wilcomb Washburn, James B. Griffin

Born of a priority with Alabama's earlier and the necessity to discover and clarify that legacy, this e-book brings jointly the nation's major students at the prehistory and early background of Alabama and the southeastern U.S. protecting subject matters starting from the Mississippian interval in archaeology and the de Soto day trip (and different early eu explorations and settlements of Alabama) to the 1780 Siege of cellular, this can be a complete and readable selection of scholarship on early Alabama.

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Thus a claimant to title and high status, though unsuccessful, may attract a sufficient number of determined followers among his kinsmen and dissatisfied segments of the population to set himself up as an authority, should he so choose. After identifying a willing body of relatives and other supporters, a potential authority figure may consider several moves. If his challenge has created bitterness and suspicion, he may choose to found an independent settlement. However, conditions for such a move must be favorable.

Further, we must assume that this trade center attracted and at least partially supported religious functionaries, artisans, craftsmen, merchants, and other specialists or quasi specialists who augmented the local population and added to the natural growth rate of the community. We must also contend that during this process some of the community's specialists or quasi specialists (most probably those with combined civil and religious responsibility) acquired power and prestige by virtue of liens against the goods and services channeled through the market, such that they formed the administrative nucleus needed to organize and direct conquest warfare, if that became necessary.

The overall picture is one of a sparse populace, gathered together in small communities, and each independent of the comings and goings of others: each, in effect, a nation unto itself. 32 However, an important transition had been fully realized. Food was now moved to and among people. Upon this foundation a new and stratified-as opposed to ranked-social order was raised. Mexico's regionally distinct village farming traditions formed the weft threads in the emergent tapestry of state and empire.

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