Although the French built Mobile in 1702, the flags of Britain and Spain also flew over the city before the U.S. acquired it in 1810. Mobile, Alabama, retains its rich mix of culture and tradition even as it has grown into an important center of commerce.

Visitors driving down Government Boulevard west of downtown quickly discover the charm of this old and graceful city. A perfect place for Mobile sightseeing, the street is lined antebellum homes defying the march of time; stately live oaks adorned with Spanish moss form a green netting over the street.

Pecan orchards just outside the city exert their own influence on Mobile’s cuisine—especially its desserts. Pecan pie is an after-dinner…

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