The character of South Alabama is largely determined by its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico: even the landlocked eastern three-quarters, cut off from the Gulf by the panhandle of Florida, is a region of gently-rising, sandy land drained by many winding, slow-moving streams. The area was not considered very good for agriculture, and so remained sparsely settled until late in the 19th century, by which time much of the native pine forest had been cut down. But the soil proved to be ideal for raising peanuts, and today the largest town in the region, Dothan, bills itself as the Peanut Capital of the World.
But it's the other corner of the region that is the best known: the area of Mobile Bay and the Gulf beaches. The city of Mobile was the first capital of French Louisiana, after its founding in 1702, and it shares much in common with the present state of Louisiana...including Mardi Gras. Mobile's first Mardi Gras "krewe" (a formally organized carnival club) dates to 1830--27 years before the first comparable organization in New Orleans.
Mobile shares much more in common with New Orleans, from its architecture (French, Spanish, and American) to its cuisine (heavily dependent on seafood) to its climate (hot and rainy in summer, but gloriously mild throughout most of the winter).
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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT
Apr 23, 2017 2:46 am
A $25 million solar project in Fort Rucker is now producing electricity. The 115,000 solar panel installed in the post absorbed the sunlight and converted it to electricity. The panels can convert the...
11-year-old boy struck by vehicle in Fairhope, suffers head injury
Apr 22, 2017 9:02 pm
Witnesses reported to police that the child ran into the path of on-coming traffic. He was transported to a hospital in Pensacola.
$25 million solar project now producing electricity
Apr 22, 2017 3:13 pm
A $25 million solar project in Fort Rucker is now producing electricity.
Science marches planned in 5 Alabama cities
Apr 22, 2017 3:01 pm
Marches are planned in at least five Alabama cities as part of a global demonstration in support of science.
Lincoln police officer given Legislative Medal of Honor
Apr 22, 2017 2:45 pm
A Lincoln police officer has been awarded the Legislative Medal of Honor for putting himself in danger to shoot and kill a man threatening people in a convenience store with a shotgun.
Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners' benefits
Apr 22, 2017 6:52 am
Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April.
"He should be locked up": Woman attacked in her yard speaks out
Apr 22, 2017 4:37 am
A local woman is getting some justice against a man she believes tried to rape her in her own front yard. Mobile Police originally charged 31-year-old Roosevelt Jamal Morrisette with harassment after ...
Alligator invades downtown Mobile
Apr 22, 2017 2:38 am
Friday nights can be wild in downtown Mobile but nothing like what happened on Water street.
End of the road: 39 days on the run with missing teacher and student
Apr 21, 2017 9:31 pm
They traveled about as far away from Tennessee as they could get in the US, finally settling -- at least for a night -- in a remote cabin on a tree-covered mountainside in Northern California.
Westbound I-20 in Jackson closing 4 days for bridge repair
Apr 21, 2017 7:39 pm
People driving from Atlanta to Dallas might expect a traffic snarl around Mississippi's capital city next week.
Nearly 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, and approximately 60,000 more will be diagnosed before this year is over, but the actual number of people suffering as a result of the disease is of a magnitude higher than that. As debilitating as Read more...