Bayou La Batre is a fishing village with a seafood-processing harbor for fishing boats and shrimp boats. The local Chamber of Commerce has described the city as the "Seafood Capital of Alabama
" for packaging seafood from hundreds of fishing boats. It was the first permanent settlement on the south Mobile County mainland and was founded in 1786, when French-born Joseph Bouzage was awarded a 1,259-acre Spanish land grant on the West Bank of the bayou. Photo by Carol Highsmith.