In many ways, Mississippi is the cultural epicenter of the Southern United States. Mississippi culture is a unique blend of British, French, Spanish, Native American and African American influences—all remnants of our early history with European nations eager to explore the New World.
Thanks to Mississippi's proximity to the Mississippi River and the Port of New Orleans, our state was extraordinarily well traveled in its formative years, which contributed immensely to our unique Mississippi culture. Indeed, we enjoyed a great many visitors, many of whom left cultural footprints still being followed to this day. They lead to delicious cuisine, wonderful contributions to the arts, literary treasures, the birth of America's music and much, much more.