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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Dec 4, 2016 5:24 am
Police were on the scene of what bystanders say is a death at a gas station on Dauphin Island Parkway.
Dec 4, 2016 3:55 am
The Alabama Crimson Tide crushed the Florida Gators 54-16, claiming the title of 2016 SEC champions and securing a spot in the college football playoff. A 44 yard interception return for a touchdown g...
Dec 3, 2016 12:15 am
An attorney representing a 13-year-old Semmes Middle School bullying victim and his family says several policy changes are beginning to be implemented at the school this week.
Dec 2, 2016 2:34 am
The Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) has released its lead testing results for drinking water in some older schools.
Dec 1, 2016 4:34 am
It was a wild weather day on the Gulf Coast, storms were everywhere early on Wednesday. A tornado that formed over the waters of the Gulf in Destin was caught on cell phone video.
Nov 26, 2016 4:36 am
Eight water systems across Mobile and Baldwin counties have had select homes above the legal limit for lead content in the last three years, according to an analysis of government records by FOX10 New...
Nov 24, 2016 4:23 am
In light of nationwide concerns of lead contamination in school drinking water, FOX10 News took a closer look at the situation on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Nov 22, 2016 10:54 pm
A Mobile City Council member says his proposal to regulate street closings in Mobile is a step closer to becoming a city ordinance. It's a move that started shortly after our investigation into a stre...
Nov 18, 2016 11:56 pm
The Alabama State Department of Education is announcing it will help all public schools statewide to test their drinking water for lead contamination.
Nov 17, 2016 3:40 am
Some day care owners are using religion to dodge state regulations, and, it's legal. Alabama is one of a handful of states in the country that allow day care facilities to operate without a ...
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