The city of Mobile has an interesting history, having been governed at one time or another by France, Spain and England before Alabama became part of the U.S. Mobile was part of “New France” and was founded by the French in 1702 as Fort Louis de la Mobile. In 1763, France lost the territory to the English as a result of the Seven Years War, and then the English lost it to Spain when the Spanish captured Mobile during the American Revolutionary War and retained control under the terms of the Treaty of Paris in 1783 that ended the Revolutionary War. Finally, in 1813, it was captured by U.S. forces during the War of 1812.
Throughout most of the first half of the 19th century, Mobile was a major seaport for the Southeast United States. The Jesuits established Spring Hill College was established by the Jesuits in 1830, making it one of the oldest Catholic colleges in the country.
Mobile was declared an Archdiocese in 1980 and covers the southern half of Alabama.
Mobile has a regional airport served by several major airlines. It also has a cruise port (offering cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines only at this time)
Among the more notable churches in Mobile are: