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Tuskalusa: The Black Warrior
ALABAMA ROOTS-A Biography Series Published by Seacoast Publishing, Inc. Alabama Roots is a book series designed to provide reading pleasure for young people (ages 12-15), to allow readers to better know the men and women who shaped the State of Alabama, and to fill a much needed void of quality regional non-fiction for students in middle grades. For years, teachers and librarians have searched for quality biographies about famous people from Alabama. This series is a response to that search. The series (40+ titles) will cover a span of time from pre-statehood through the modern day. The goal of Alabama Roots is to provide biographies that are historically accurate and as interesting as the characters whose lives they explore.
The readers will enjoy Tom Bailey's research in writing this story which is as much about Desoto as it is about Tuskalusa. The author writes that we know little about Tuskalusa and most of that we learn from the Spaniards who kept records. Tuskalusa will inform the reader much about the Native American culture and the Spanish expeditions.
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An informative and charming read.Mar 20, 2012
This is a biography of Chief Tuskalusa, the Native American Indian Chief who staged the biggest confrontation of the Native Americans against the invading Spaniards in North America at the Battle of Maubila. He was reportedly of an immense stature and well proportioned as well as muscular. While not much is known about him, the book does an excellent job of relating what is known about him in a very readable way. As it states, the book is as much about DeSoto as it is about Chief Tuscaloosa (either spelling works), since it is mainly the Spanish accounts that reveal the information about this impressive Indian Chief. The tactics of the Spaniards and the Native Americans in dealing with one another are very well detailed in this biography. And I especially found it interesting how it states that during the Battle of Maubila, the Native American women picked up the weapons of the fallen warriors and began fighting the Spanish just as fiercely and bravely as the men folk. Curiously enough, the actual site of the Battle of Maubila remains a mystery. But with this book, the mighty Indian Chief Tuscaloosa is a mystery no more. Five out of five stars gladly!