DescriptionThis image was captured between Dauphin Island and the Causeway Bridge. You can see the USS Alabama and the bridge in the background.HISTORY -Spanish explorers were sailing into the area of Mobile Bay as early as 1500, with the bay being marked on early maps as the Baha del Espritu Santo (Bay of the Holy Spirit). The area was explored in more detail in 1516 by Diego de Miruelo and in 1519 by Alonso lvarez de Pineda. In 1528, Pnfilo de Narvez travelled through what was likely the Mobile Bay area, encountering Native Americans who fled and burned their towns at the approach of the expedition. This response was a prelude to the journeys of Hernando de Soto, more than eleven years later.Hernando de Soto explored the area of Mobile Bay and beyond in 1540, finding the area inhabited by a Muskhogean Native American people. During this expedition his forces destroyed the fortified town of Mauvila, also spelled Maubila, from which the name Mobile was later derived. This battle with Chief Tuscaloosa and his warriors took place somewhere in inland Alabama, well to the north of the current site of Mobile. The next large expedition was that of Tristn de Luna y Arellano, in his unsuccessful attempt to establish a permanent colony for Spain nearby at Pensacola in 1559.Although Spain's presence in the area had been sporadic, the French created a deep-sea port at Dauphin Island and founded French Louisiana's capital at Mobile, a few miles north of Mobile Bay on the Mobile River in 1702. The original settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile was relocated in 1711 to the head of Mobile Bay following a series of floods.On August 5, 1864, during the American Civil War, Admiral David Farragut led a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses and sealed one of the last major Southern ports of the bay in the Battle of Mobile Bay.Mobile's role as a seaport has continued to the present day, though the commodities have changed.
Brian Edmond, Mobile, AL Member Since May 2010 Artist Statement "The creation that surrounds us is absolutely incredible! Every day the beauty in the natural world speaks louder than words. The worries of this world can easily distract us from eternal purposes that have a much greater value. Wouldn’t you rather see the refreshing beauty of our world instead of the troubles of our world? Our Creator is calling us by name, asking us to join in the greatest story ever told.
Do you ever see something that moves you? Stirs your heart? Does it remind you of some thing or some one? Something inside causes us to search for something bigger than ourselves. We are created that way. It is an intrinsic part of our being. When I see an image that stirs me, I am reminded of my Savior and how He changed my life and brought me peace. His creation is a constant reminder of His presence in my life. Each image brings to mind a word from Scripture that encourages and refreshes me in a world full of distress.
It is my hope that the images that have touched my life will also touch your life and serve as a reminder that you are loved, cherished, and have been bought with a price by Someone who cares for you.
His name is Jesus and all of creation cries out that He is full of glory."
- Brian Edmond is from Mobile, AL where he lives with his wife, Julie, and four children. Brian is in ministry that involves biblical counseling where he teaches the people of God to take the Word of God and use it to bring victory over life's issues. All purchases go to help fund Brian to continue in ministry.
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