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 11:40 a.m. CDT
Apr 25, 2017 4:45 pm
Extremist groups are joining together with a shared goal of making America great again _ for whites. A consortium of white nationalist groups is marking its first anniversary this month. It plans a ga...
White-power groups banding together, but for how long?
Apr 25, 2017 4:13 pm
Extremist groups are joining together with a shared goal of making America great again - for whites.
Carnival to offer longer cruises from Mobile
Apr 25, 2017 2:20 pm
In April, September and November of 2018, Carnival will offer longer sailings aboard the Carnival Fantasy from the Port City.
Cynthia Warrick becomes permanent Stillman College president
Apr 25, 2017 12:41 pm
The Stillman College board of trustees has selected interim president Cynthia Warrick as permanent president of the private college in Alabama.
2 inmates escape from Loxley Work Release Center
Apr 25, 2017 12:22 pm
Two inmates escaped from the Loxley Work Release Center just after 9 p.m. Monday, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Walmart Distribution Center Contractor Seeking Sub-Contractors
Apr 25, 2017 11:23 am
The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for sub contractors to help build the new Walmart Distribution Center that will be built in the Irvington area.
Search on for 2 inmates accused of escape in south Alabama
Apr 25, 2017 11:09 am
Authorities say two inmates have escaped from a work release center in south Alabama.
Fairhope City Council overturns Mayor's veto
Apr 25, 2017 4:33 am
The controversial Fly Creek Apartment development and Mayor Karin Wilson's plan to veto the sunset provision for the developer approved by the council earlier this month dominated much of Monday night...
$80,000 fine proposed against Olin for toxic chlorine leak
Apr 24, 2017 10:48 pm
It appears the company responsible for leaking toxic chlorine gas into the McIntosh air will be reprimanded.
The Latest: Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges
Apr 24, 2017 10:20 pm
The Latest on the arrest of a Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student (all times local):