Massacre Island in Mobile, Alabama

Mobile was first white settlement in Alabama
The first white settlement in Alabama occurred in 1702 at Fort Louis De la Mobile near the city of Mobile. Though De Soto had traveled through Alabama earlier, no white settlement had ever been established by him. France wanted to gain a foothold in the new World and in 1699 Pierre LeMoyne Sieur D”Iberville began to explore Mobile Bay.

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Named Massacre Island
They landed on an island and were sickened by the appalling discovery of a mountain of bones of Indians, braves and squares – many with their heads cut off. Because of this macabre discovery, they named the island Isle Du Massacre or Massacre Island.

The mountain of bones was a burial mound that had broken open during a hurricane but it horrified the crew so much that they set sail up the Mobile River and entered the Mississippi/Alabama/Louisiana Delta Gulf Coast Region.

D’iberville declared his camp “Pointe du Mardi Gras.” He eventually settled near Twenty-Seven Mile Bluff where Fort Louis De La Mobile was built. The colony was part of Louisiana at the time and consisted of only thirty families.

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