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Mobile, Southwest Alabama’s Scintillating Seaport

By Dorothea S. Michelman Mobile, which celebrated its tricentennial just last year, owes its name to a happy juxtaposition of cross-cultural communication and historic circumstance. A variation on the familiar story of tourists stumbling over words in foreign languages, 16th-century Spanish explorers interpreted the native name for Mobile Bay ­ “Mobila” ­ as “Movile,” which …

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Floribama?

Story and photos by Andrew Der This is not Florida – yet if brought here blindfolded, I defy anyone to convince me otherwise. White sand, blue water, heat, palm trees – all the ingredients necessary for a subtropical experience are present – but, this is Gulf Shores, Alabama and it looks more like Florida than …

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