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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Weather cancels Dauphin Island Race
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Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle running for governor
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Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is running for governor of Alabama.
News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
Apr 28, 2017 4:46 pm
The National Weather Service is sending out teams to look for damage and confirm where tornadoes might have touched down in the state. Al.com reports that the weather service planned to send survey te...
MPD needs help identifying woman suspected of passing counterfeit money
Apr 28, 2017 3:33 pm
The Mobile Police Department is calling on the public to help investigators identify a woman suspected of passing counterfeit money.
Crews to inspect damage from Alabama storms
Apr 28, 2017 11:34 am
The National Weather Service is sending out teams to look for damage and confirm where tornadoes might have touched down in the state.
Disabled man crawls out of store after worker takes away electric cart
Apr 28, 2017 6:31 am
An Iowa man said he was forced to crawl out of a store on his hands and knees after a worker told him he couldn’t take an electric cart onto the parking lot, despite his di...
Carnival Fantasy alerts Coast Guard after body spotted in the water
Apr 28, 2017 3:31 am
The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water approximately 157 nautical miles off of Pensacola.
United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger who was dragged off plane
Apr 27, 2017 7:35 pm
United Airlines just reached a settlement with Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was violently dragged off a flight earlier this month in an incident that created an firestorm for the company.
Couple married for nearly 70 years died minutes apart holding hands
Apr 27, 2017 11:13 am
A true love story: This couple spent nearly seven decades together and passed away just minutes apart, holding hands almost to the end.
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