|Alabama websites about places to go, things to do, vacation information, sports links, facts about the state, destinations, golf, business, and more. The military is a dominate part of the economy with s the establishment or expansion of multiple military installations, primarily those of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.
Alabama ranks 30th in total land area and ranks second in the size of its inland waterways. Today, the state is heavily invested in aerospace, education, health care, and banking, and various heavy industries including automobile manufacturing, mineral extraction, steel production and fabrication. Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. It is also the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products.
Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie". Montgomery is the capital and the birthplace of the Confederate States of America. The Confederate flag was designed and first flown in Alabama in 1861. The Alabama State Flag was authorized by the Alabama legislature on February 16, 1895. Audemus jura nostra defendere is the official state motto. Translated it means "we dare defend our rights."
Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world. The celebration is held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.
Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon. Huntsville is known as the rocket capital of the World. In 1956 the Army Ballistic Missile Agency was established at Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal. The United States Army Chemical Corps Museum in Fort McClellan contains over 4000 chemical warfare artifacts.
At the Battle of Mobile Bay Admiral David Farragut issued his famous command, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." The event occurred on August 5, 1864.