The lost battle site of Mabila is the predominant historical mystery of the Deep South. Spanish conquistadors led by Hernando de Soto faced off against the warriors of Chief Taskalusa at a small fortified town somewhere in south Alabama. By all accounts, thousands of lives were lost. Speculation about the location of Mabila, based on surviving reports, dates from the early eighteenth century, but the exact location has never been determined. In 2006 a multi-disciplinary team of specialists in history, folklore, geography, geology, and archaeology gathered for a three-day workshop to explore the fact and fiction surrounding the search for Mabila. In this program Knight will summarize the findings of the workshop.
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