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Lafayette County was established February 9, 1836, and was named in honor of a distinguished friend of the American
Republic, the Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero and American general who fought during the American
Revolutionary War. It is one of the dozen counties carved from the Chickasaw Indian lands in northern Mississippi
four years after the treaty of Pontotoc in 1832.
This county is located in the north-central part of the State, and is bounded on the north by Tate, Marshall, and
Benton; on the east by Union and Pontotoc; on the south by Calhoun and Yalobusha; and on the west by Panola. It
has an area of 720 square miles. The principal streams are Tallahatchie River on the northern and Yockana River
on the southern borders of the county, and Yellow Leaf, Clear Cypress, and Tobytubby Creeks.
The general topographical features of the county are rolling uplands, rising in some parts to abrupt hills. There
are also many fertile valleys in its borders.
The county seat is Oxford.
[Source: "Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society",
1913 - from Cathy Danielson]
* Marshall County
* Union County (northeast)
* Pontotoc County
* Calhoun County (south)
* Yalobusha County
* Panola County (west)
* Tate County (nothwest)
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