There’s a version of American history that we all learned in school: before it was a nation, the slipshod collection of English colonies began in New England and Virginia, and then gradually spread west and south. America was a porous, fibrous sheet of paper, the first settlements like inkblots that slowly bled out towards the edges of the blank white page. Expansion moved right to left: first Georgia, then Alabama, then Mississippi, and so on.
But Mobile is a whole new inkblot.
Read the story and see photographs at: https://www.adeepersouth.com/stories/2019/1/28/mobile