Mississippi Delta

northwest section of the U.S. state of Mississippi

The Mississippi Delta, also known as the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, is the distinctive northwest section of the U.S. state of Mississippi (and small portions of Arkansas and Louisiana) which lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers.

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The region has been called "The Most Southern Place on Earth",[1] because of its racial, cultural, and economic history.

It is 200 miles long and 87 miles across about 4,415,000 acres, or, some 7,000 square miles of alluvial floodplain.[2] It was developed as one of the richest cotton-growing areas in the nation before the American Civil War (1861–1865). The region was popular for cotton farmers and black slaves.


  1. James C. Cobb, The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity (1992)
  2. Mikko, Saikku (October 29, 2017). "Bioregional Approach to Southern History: The Yazoo-Mississippi Delta". Southern Spaces. 2010. doi:10.18737/M7QK5T. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017.