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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Jan 23, 2017 5:11 am
Heavy hearts on the Eastern Shore as hundreds attended a memorial service for Spanish Fort High School Girls Basketball Head Coach Thad Akins, who was killed in a car crash Thursday night.
Jan 22, 2017 4:19 pm
University of Mobile officials now say students will not be traveling to William Cary University Sunday to help clean up the campus after a tornado damaged several buildings Saturday...
Jan 22, 2017 2:56 pm
It's that time of year again, tax season starts tomorrow and even though it might seem like we have plenty of time to file, there are good reasons to get your taxes done now. Financial Expert Dan Morr...
Jan 22, 2017 2:48 pm
Mobile Fire officials say both lanes of I-10 eastbound should be opening soon.
Dec 20, 2016 11:33 pm
The Superintendent of Baldwin County Public Schools, Eddie Tyler, is laying out his plans to retest for lead contamination in school drinking water.
Dec 19, 2016 11:18 pm
The Nazarene day care is listed on the Alabama Department of Human Resources website as an exempt daycare facility. B. Spencer Baggott II is the director named on the DHR site. B...
Dec 19, 2016 10:40 pm
It's not just taxpayers who are questioning the city's action in cutting down the tree used for decorations at a rally for President Elect Donald Trump Saturday. Some members of the Mobile Tree Commis...
Dec 12, 2016 11:54 pm
The Alabama Department of Education admits graduation rates reported to the federal government were inflated.
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.
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...
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