lqspring2017. 2-3. How does Alabama get its distinctive shape? What are the historic origins of the various segments of Alabama’s diverse boundary lines? Featuring detail views of some recently identified early Alabama maps, this PowerPoint presentation will show how several unusual natural features, early native American hunters, colonial aspirations, several meticulous surveyors, some eager land speculators, a few ambitious politicians, and a bit of international arm-wrestling, all contributed to the shaping of Alabama’s distinctive borders. This fifty minute PowerPoint presentation will be followed by ten minutes for questions and discussion.