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Its French Catholic colonial settlers celebrated this festival from the first decade of the 18th century.

Beginning in 1830, Mobile was host to the first formally organized Carnival mystic society to celebrate with a parade in the United States.

Mobile's Roman Catholic parish was established on July 20, 1703, by Jean-Baptiste de la Croix de Chevrières de Saint-Vallier, Bishop of Quebec.

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.

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.

From the 1830s onward, Mobile expanded into a city of commerce with a primary focus on the cotton and slave trades.

Many slaves were transported by ship in the coastwise slave trade from the Upper South.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.making it the third most populous city in Alabama, the most populous in Mobile County, and the largest municipality on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Alabama's only saltwater port, Mobile is located on the Mobile River at the head of the Mobile Bay and the north-central Gulf Coast.The Port of Mobile has always played a key role in the economic health of the city, beginning with the settlement as an important trading center between the French colonists and Native Americans, down to its current role as the 12th-largest port in the United States.Mobile is the principal municipality of the Mobile metropolitan area.