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Gulf Region Heritage

The Gulf of Mexico region has a long and colorful heritage, ranging from exploits of the pirate Jean Lafitte to its spicy Tex-Mex and Cajun foods. It was the site of some of the most advanced Indian cultures in the Americas, and was one of the first regions investigated by early European explorers. The European colonists and African slaves that followed added their cultural imprint to the existing native cultures. The result is a blend of Native American, African, and European custom in a region rich in natural resources. The Gulf itself is truly America's Sea, and it's cultural blend is typical of the melting pot that characterizes the Americas.

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Gulf of Mexico Program Office
Mail Code: EPA/GMPO
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
FAX: 228-688-2709

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