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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Alabama House to vote on Confederate monuments bill
Apr 27, 2017 7:24 am
Alabama lawmakers are nearing a decision on barring changes to Confederate or other long-standing monuments.
News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDT
Apr 27, 2017 6:44 am
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Spanish Fort High School teacher, husband charged with providing alcohol to teens
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Baldwin County Sheriff’s officials say a Spanish Fort High School teacher along with her husband, have both been arrested after the couple was accused of hosting an open house party for juve...
Captive woman found crying inside pit in neighbor's shed
Apr 27, 2017 12:29 am
A man with mental health problems kidnapped a neighbor who had reported receiving harassing phone calls from him and kept her trapped in a small pit in his backyard shed, where her cries for...
Dramatic video shows Jeep flipping on I-65, ejected driver walking away
Apr 26, 2017 10:10 pm
A dashboard camera captured dramatic video of a crash that happened last night on I65.
The Latest: Group: Moore seeks to benefit from harm to LGBTQ
Apr 26, 2017 9:20 pm
The Latest on Roy Moore's run for US Senate. (all times local):
Ivey appoints Stuart as chief justice
Apr 26, 2017 9:12 pm
Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed Associate Justice Lyn Stuart to lead the Alabama Supreme Court as chief justice.
Westbound I-20 in Jackson closing 4 days for bridge repair
Apr 26, 2017 4:31 pm
Citing a poor weather forecast, officials are putting off plans to close a major artery through Mississippi's capital city by a week.
US colleges confront a new era of sometimes-violent protest
Apr 26, 2017 2:59 pm
After protests turned violent at several college campuses in recent months, some colleges and universities are wondering if they'll be next.
Manchin says Senate backing retired miners' benefits
Apr 26, 2017 2:59 pm
West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Senate backs permanently extending health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to exp...
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