People of the Delta

A National Park Service ranger with several Junior rangers

A Multicultural Region

The diversity of the lower Mississippi Delta region’s heritage is reflected in the names of cities and towns up and down the river — Ste. Genevieve, Kaskaskia, Altenburg, Wittenburg, Cape Girardeau, Cairo, Hickman, Helena, Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Venice. The Mississippi River and its associated bounty not only sustained the region’s first inhabitants, the Native Americans, but have in succeeding centuries attracted immigrants from around the world.

Last updated: May 1, 2023