Settlers came to Clarksdale and Coahoma County with dreams of owning land and building a future. Some bought small plots to build a cabin and carve out a living, while others amassed large acreages of the most fertile soil in the world. They found nearly impenetrable forests and cane breaks and were confronted with unbearable hardships as they attempted to tame the land. With perseverance and the labor of African Americans using oxen, mules, and crude tools, Coahoma County made Clarksdale the "Golden Buckle on the Cotton Belt." From this labor a phenomenon has enveloped the city, and the preservation of the heritage and traditions of Delta blues has made Clarksdale an international destination for those searching for the authentic roots of blues music.