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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$80,000 fine proposed against Olin for toxic chlorine leak
Apr 24, 2017 7:41 pm
It appears the company responsible for leaking toxic chlorine gas into the McIntosh air will be reprimanded.
Supreme Court won't hear condemned Alabama inmate's case
Apr 24, 2017 5:12 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down a long shot request to reconsider the appeal of an Alabama inmate scheduled to be executed by lethal injection next month.
News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
Apr 24, 2017 4:44 pm
The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to Alabama's ban on the transfer of campaign contributions between political action committees. The justices on Monday left in place a lower co...
Justices weigh defendants' right to own mental health expert
Apr 24, 2017 4:00 pm
The Supreme Court seems closely divided about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side when he was tried and s...
South AL children found locked in waste container, covered in ants
Apr 24, 2017 3:51 pm
Two children are recovering and a Dothan man is facing charges of child abuse after police say he locked them inside a waste container area.
Justices won't hear challenge to Alabama campaign law
Apr 24, 2017 1:48 pm
The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to Alabama's ban on the transfer of campaign contributions between political action committees.
WWII bombs stops in Mobile
Apr 24, 2017 1:18 pm
You have a chance to get up close to a World War II bomber. The B-17 Flying Fortress known as the Texas Raiders begins her spring 2017 tour with a visit to Mobile, Alabama.
New Orleans begins controversial removal of Confederate monuments
Apr 24, 2017 1:02 pm
In the dark of night, workers wearing masks and tactical vests arrived Monday at New Orleans' Battle of Liberty Place monument to take it down.
Flood warnings continue after stormy weekend
Apr 24, 2017 12:36 pm
Flood warnings continue after a stormy weekend that included a tornado in north Alabama.
Campbell recalls 'Homestyle' chicken soup
Apr 23, 2017 10:13 pm
A crazy switcheroo led to the voluntary recall Saturday of nearly 4,185 pounds of chicken soup products by the Campbell Soup Company.
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