Battle of Mauvilla site found

Archaeologist Andrew Holmes believes he has discovered the site of the Indian town of Mauvilla where Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto engaged local Indians in a massive battle. The town is near the forks of the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers in southern Clarke County, Alabama.

While governor of Cuba, De Sota ranged into Florida and the southeastern United States in 1540 where he encountered many native American tribes. The Battle of Mauvilla may have cost as many as 10,000 Indians their lives.