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 30, 2017 2:43 am
A Decatur man is in custody, accused of shooting his wife and stepson. Decatur Police say Marvin Wilson was arrested Saturday on charges of domestic violence first-degree assault and domestic violence...
Auburn aviation program benefits from Cessna Skyhawk loan
Apr 29, 2017 2:54 pm
A new Cessna Skyhawk aircraft has been provided to Auburn University for six months for educational events and pilot training.
Drake to deliver commencement address at Alabama-Huntsville
Apr 29, 2017 2:26 pm
The chief executive officer and president of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. will deliver the commencement address at the University of Alabama in Huntsville next month.
Alabama company wins $260 million naval contract
Apr 29, 2017 2:18 pm
An Alabama-based company has won a $260 million contract to work on Navy ships.
11-year-old governor-for-a-day takes over Twitter account
Apr 28, 2017 7:30 pm
An 11-year-old girl has taken over the Twitter account of Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and is spending the day being chauffeured to official events.
Weather cancels Dauphin Island Race
Apr 28, 2017 6:50 pm
The 59th annual Dauphin Island Race, scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed due to forecasts for rain and windy conditions.
Group took advantage of Walmart register error for $1,100, police say
Apr 28, 2017 6:04 pm
In what almost could be a new Chance card, a group of eight people at a Florida Walmart experience a cash register error in their favor, at a self-checkout kiosk.
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.
$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.
Ethics complaint against Gov. Bentley unveiled
Apr 4, 2017 10:29 pm
Wednesday morning, April 5, the Alabama Ethics Commission could make a historic decision, ruling on an ethics complaint filed against Governor Robert Bentley.
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