Mobile: The Port City

Mobile, Alabama is one of the oldest cities on the Gulf Coast. Founded as the capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702, Mobile remained a part of New France well into the mid-1700s. Mobile finally joined Alabama in 1819, when the historic territory gained statehood. Though now synonymous with New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras was actually first celebrated by Mobile’s French and Roman Catholic populations in 1704. Today, Mobile upholds its status as a historic, culturally diverse port city. The city is home to numerous historic sites, including the USS Alabama Battleship, Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, Magnolia Cemetery, and Dauphin Street. Mobile’s year-round social calendar includes festivals like Alabama Pecan Festival, Festival of Flowers, Greek Festival, and Mobile Mardi Gras, of course. Not to mention, Mobile residents enjoy easy access to Alabama’s beautiful beaches, nature reserves, golf courses, and more.

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