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(In New Orleans such a group is called a krewe.) Although debated by Alabama historians, they may have been descendants of the Native American tribe whose small fortress town, Mabila, was used to conceal several thousand native warriors before an attack in 1540 on the expedition of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

The European settlement of Mobile began with French colonists, who in 1702 constructed Fort Louis de la Louisiane, at Twenty-seven Mile Bluff on the Mobile River, as the first capital of the French colony of La Louisiane.

These additional outbreaks of disease and a series of floods resulted in Bienville ordering that the settlement be relocated in 1711 several miles downriver to its present location at the confluence of the Mobile River and Mobile Bay.

In 1763, the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Seven Years' War, which Britain won, defeating France.

Most of these colonial-era Jews in Mobile were merchants and traders from Sephardic Jewish communities in Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina; they added to the commercial development of Mobile.

While the British were dealing with their rebellious colonists along the Atlantic coast, the Spanish entered the war in 1779 as an ally of France.

Mobile first became a part of the United States of America in 1813, with the annexation by President James Madison of West Florida from Spain.

In 1861, Alabama joined the Confederate States of America, which surrendered in 1865.A plantation economy using slave labor developed in the region and as a consequence Mobile's population exploded.It came to be settled by attorneys, cotton factors, doctors, merchants and other professionals seeking to capitalize on trade with the upriver areas.Considered one of the Gulf Coast's cultural centers, Mobile has several art museums, a symphony orchestra, professional opera, professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture.Mobile is known for having the oldest organized Carnival or Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States.Due to strong trade ties, many residents of Mobile and West Florida remained loyal to the British Crown.

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