What is the capital of Alabama?
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. Montgomery, as well as several other cities and counties in the U.S., is named for Richard Montgomery, an Irish-born soldier who became the major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
The city is located on the Alabama River, in the Gulf Coastal Plain. Approximately 206 thousand people live here, making Montgomery the second-largest city of the state and the 103rd largest city of the whole country. There are plenty of opportunities for tourists to have a good time in Montgomery, from its wonderful parks to a great number of art museums. A well-known American author F. Scott Fitzgerald met his famous wife Zelda, who was born in Montgomery, at a nearby Army Post. The house they lived in is now used as their museum.
The city was incorporated in 1819, as a merger of two towns situated along the Alabama River. It became the state capital in 1846, representing the shift of power to the south-central area with the growth of cotton as a commodity crop of the Black Belt and Mobile's rise as a mercantile port. Such events of the 20th century as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery marches made the city a major site of events in the Civil Rights Movement.