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The Battle of Mabila

Historian John Sledge relates the violent confrontation between Chief Tascalusa and Hernando de Soto.

The Wreck of the Saint-Antoine

An 18th-century maritime mishap provoked a tense Franco-Spanish standoff over who controlled Mobile Bay.

The Vine and Olive Colonists’ Perilous Mobile Bay Landfall

Historian John Sledge recounts the Vine and Olive colonists’ perilous Mobile Bay landfall.

“The Pirate bore down on us…”

Maritime historian John Sledge recounts the eventful maiden voyage of the revenue cutter Alabama.

A History of Mobile in 22 Objects: Civil War Speaking Trumpet

This month’s artifact from the History Museum of Mobile — a blockade runner’s speaking trumpet — played a fascinating role in the Civil War.

Bunker Hill in Miniature

In January 1781, while the Revolutionary War raged in the northeast, British forces attempted a sneak attack on a Spanish fortification on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay.

Madoc’s Mark: The Persistence of an Alabama Legend

Historian John Sledge explores the riddle of Prince Madoc, the Welsh explorer who, according to legend, discovered the New World via Mobile Bay three centuries before Columbus.

Solano’s Storm

Venture inside the 18th-century Gulf hurricane that wrecked a Spanish invasion fleet.

The Siege of Mobile, 1780

Spanish and British forces clash at Mobile in a Revolutionary-era battle for the Bay.

The St. Mary’s Enigma

A 19th-century painting of a warship sailing into Mobile Bay offers a small dose of history — and a large serving of mystery.

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