Alabama Dialect

More closely connected by language and customs with the Choctaw and Chickasaw, this group is first encountered by DeSoto in 1541 probably near the Alabama River. They are not encountered again until the early 1700s when the French settle in Louisiana.

Their territory is centered around what is now Starkville, Mississippi. They become friendly in their interactions with the Mobile settlement and assist with the establishment of Fort Toulouse. By the end of the 1700s, they move primarily to the west (where some settle on the Mississippi River) while others move north and south to mingle with other tribes in the Creek Confederacy. The Koasati (or Coosada), Tawasa, Pawokti, and Muklasa are distinct groups living in the same area who also speak a variation of the Alabama Dialect.