La Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville

Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville Founded The La Mobile Settlement As Part Of The “New France” Colony

In 1702, the settlement of La Mobile, presently the city of Mobile, is the oldest city in the present day state of Alabama, was founded by the Canadian born French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville.

La Mobile, now known as Old Mobile, served as the capital of the French settlements from 1702 to 1711. The French constructed Fort Louis de La Louisiane, later renamed to Fort Condé, in 1711 to guard the site of the settlement and former capital of French Louisiana. However, after the French and Indian War the British gained control of Fort Condé and Mobile became part of the British Western Florida Territory.