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Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

 

image from Bronze Map: 'St. Stephens, U.S. Flag First Raised in Alabama, 1799'

 

16. St. Stephens, U.S. Flag First Raised in Alabama, 1799
Washington County

 


On May 5, 1799, U.S. Army Lieutenant John McClary took possession of Fort San Estaban from the Spanish government under the terms of the Treaty of San Lorenzo (1795). McClary raised the U.S. flag for the first time on soil that would eventually belong to Alabama.