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Mobile is the third most populous city in the Southern U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Mobile County. It is located on the Mobile River and the central Gulf Coast of the United States. The population within the city limits was 198,915 during the 2000 census. It is the largest municipality on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, Louisiana and St. Petersburg, Florida. Mobile is the principal municipality of the Mobile Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), a region of 399,843 residents which is composed solely of Mobile County and is the second largest MSA in the state. Mobile is included in the Mobile-Daphne-Fairhope Combined Statistical Area with a total population of 540,258, the second largest combined statistical area in the state behind Birmingham.

Mobile began as the first capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702. The city gained its name from the Native American Mobilian tribe that the French colonists found in the area of Mobile Bay. During its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony for France, then Britain, and lastly Spain. Mobile first became a part of the United States of America in 1810, with the annexation of West Florida under President James Madison. It then left that union in 1861 when Alabama joined the Confederate States of America, which collapsed in 1865.

Located at the junction of the Mobile River and Mobile Bay on the northern Gulf of Mexico, the city is the only seaport in Alabama. The Port of Mobile has always played a key role in the economic health of the city beginning with the city as a key trading center between the French and Native Americans down to its current role as the 9th largest port in the United States.

As one of the Gulf Coast’s cultural centers, Mobile houses several art museums, a symphony orchestra, a professional opera, a professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture. Mobile is known for having the oldest organized Carnival celebrations in the United States, dating to the 1700s of its early colonial period. It was also host to the first formally organized Carnival mystic society or “krewe” in the United States, dating to 1830. People from Mobile are known as Mobilians.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Occupy Mobile

Occupy Mobile Modest crowd turns out for Occupy Mobile rally By Kim Lanier MOBILE, Alabama — About 40 to 50 people of all ages turned out in front of Mobile Government Plaza on Saturday morning as Occupy Mobile held a … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Deepwater Horizon Well Leaking Oil

Deepwater Horizon Well Leaking Oil Scientists: Oil fouling Gulf matches Deepwater Horizon well By Ben Raines MOBILE, Alabama – Scientific analysis has confirmed that oil bubbling up above BP’s sealed Deepwater Horizon well in recent days is a chemical match for … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Alabama Mobile Shrimp Basket

Alabama Mobile Shrimp Basket Eddie Spence, 50, Gulf Shores Occupation: He is co-owner of 11 Shrimp Basket restaurants and The Steamer and Baked Oyster Bar, and sole owner of Mikee’s Seafood and Shrimpy’s Mini Golf. The Press-Register reported that Spence … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Mobile County Schools

Mobile County Schools County schools to sue BP for lost revenue By Rena Havner Philips, Press-Register MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile County’s school system plans to sue BP PLC to recover property taxes being lost now and likely in years ahead … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Shucking Oysters 40 Years

Shucking Oysters 40 Years Willie Brown honored by city for 40 years of shucking oysters By DAVID HOLLOWAY Food Editor Willie Brown doesn’t eat oysters, raw or otherwise. This might not seem like much of a deal; many folks don’t … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program Scientists, federal officials who led oil spill response headed to Mobile Some of the scientists and government officials involved in understanding and leading the response to the Gulf oil spill will be in Mobile this … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Alabama

Alabama Claims   Oil spill claims: Alabama Realtors get $7.5 million for lost business Kathy Jumper, Press-Register Alabama Realtors have received $7,511,516.53 from a fund set aside by oil czar Ken Feinberg to help agents in five Gulf Coast states hurt … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Mobile Alabama

Mobile Alabama South Alabama poll shows oil spill’s disruptive impact MOBILE — A new poll of residents in southern Mobile County has found that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left about one-third with a desire … Continue reading

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