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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American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident
Apr 23, 2017 7:32 pm
American Airlines says it has grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger after taking a baby stroller away from another passenger.
News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
Apr 23, 2017 4:46 pm
Crime victims are calling for personal information such as addresses and telephone numbers to be removed from Alabama's court records website. They say that information should remain private i...
Alabama-based bank to build $23 mil facility in Mississippi
Apr 23, 2017 3:38 pm
An Alabama-based bank will build a $23 million operation facility in Mississippi.
Study: Travelers spent $13 billion in Alabama in 2016
Apr 23, 2017 3:38 pm
A report says travelers spent more than $13 billion in Alabama last year.
Roy Moore to announce plans on Wednesday
Apr 23, 2017 3:22 pm
Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is preparing to announce his plans for the future.
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.