Mississippi River  

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"For time untold the River had carried mud down, most of it swept out into the sea, a small part rescued in the land's final clutch. And now, the city founded, the ocean currents began to bring inland deposits of a different sort, human flotsam, hardy adventurers, priests, thieves, cutthroats, pimps, and girls of easy virtue recruited in France to assuage loneliness. Men of many kinds and conditions from widespread parts of the world, in two hundred years the living deposits came to include French, Spanish, Italians, the exiled Acadians, Americans, and, of course, the Negroes, first from West Africa, later by way of Haiti and other Caribbean islands : white sediment and black sediment settling out in strata on the wet brown mud."--Shining Trumpets, a History of Jazz (1946) by Rudi Blesh, p. 152

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The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system.

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