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.
A Prehistory Chronology
- Paleoindians (13,000 BC - 7,900 BC)
- Archaic Cultures (8,000 BC - 1,000 BC)
- Woodland Cultures (2,000 BC - 1,000 AD)
- Mississippian Cultures (900 AD - 1700 AD)