A decade ago, MB asked historian John Sledge to share his personal restoration wish list. Happily, the intervening decade has been a strong one for historic preservation in Mobile. Allow us as a brief review of the successes of the past 10 years and a look at what remains in peril.
The Caribbean scandal that exposed the extensive corruption of Mobile’s founder.
Did an adventurer impersonating a dead Russian princess really live in French Mobile?
Indian agent Thomas Nairne decided that the interests of the British Crown were threatened by French Mobile — so he set out to manipulate tribes to destroy them.
In the winter of 1854, a steamer out of Mobile sparked a diplomatic incident that threatened war between the United States and Spain over Cuba.
In February 1942, a merchant vessel with a Mobile connection disappeared without a trace.
Historian John Sledge leads us on a stroll through the streets of Spanish Mobile.
Maritime historian John S. Sledge recounts the story of a Scottish cartographer’s 18th-century visit to Mobile Bay and the stunning map it yielded.
Historian John Sledge relates the violent confrontation between Chief Tascalusa and Hernando de Soto.
An 18th-century maritime mishap provoked a tense Franco-Spanish standoff over who controlled Mobile Bay.