CHILDERSBURG, Ala. – Just two miles north of Childersburg on Alabama Highway 235 was once a central point of a very prominent American Indian town, Coosa. The town Coosa was the capital of the Coosa province inhabited by Americans Indians. Coosa was said to have had a large population, and literature often points to a large number of both wild and cultivated crops being produced for the population.

Outside of being the capital of the Coosa province, Spanish explorer DeSoto reached Coosa in 1540. Other Spanish, French, and British explorers also reached Coosa in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The marker officially reads:

COOSA

Important Indian town for over 250 years and capital of Coosa province.

Visited by DeSoto in 1540, and later by Spanish, French, British colonial explorers and traders. Early writers tell of abundant food crops, wild and cultivated, supporting a large population.

The Coosa Historical Marker is located near the mile two mark of Coosa Pines Road on Alabama Highway 235 in Childersburg. The marker is managed by the Alabama Historical Association and has a standard metal body with an Alabama flag in a circular frame at the top.

Jack Wilbanks for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2016, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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