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Settlements in the Post-war Era|
The Indians, who, after the war of
1711-12 (ending in the migration of the Tuscaroras to New York), never were able
to gather in such strength as made them formidable, were still wanderers in the
province, living, as a whole, peaceably, and troublesome only by reason of
individual depredations and crimes. It was deemed best now to give to them
extensive territories, marked by well-defined limits, within which they might
live and hunt unmolested by any white man, while they were allowed free
permission, under proper restrictions, to associate with the whites in their
The Chowans were settled on a tract situated on Bennet and Catharine
creeks. Here they might roam undisturbed over more than eleven thousand acres, a
space surely ample enough for a people whose fighting men did not amount to
fifty. This allotment of territory, however, had been made as early as 1714, and
was now confirmed anew.
The Core, Cotechny, and Matamuskeet Indians were settled in Hyde county,
around Matamuskeet Lake, on a tract of ten thousand acres, where an agent lived
with them. King Blunt and his Indians had their territory on the Roanoke.
The Hatteras tribe were on the sand-banks east of Pamlico Sound. They
were very few and very poor, and the government, in their distress, always
supplied them with food.
The Poteskeet or Currituck Indians lived on the banks that form the
eastern part of the county of Currituck, and had permission to hunt there
without molestation from any Englishman.
The Meherrins (who, we think, were remnants of the Susquehannocks of
Captain Smith and the Jamestown settlers, one hundred years before) had their
lands allotted them between the Meherrin and Blackwater. (1)
(1) For these localities, the authority is the
"Minutes of Council."
Entry above from History of North Carolina:
With Maps and Illustrations. Volume: 2. Contributors: Francis L. Hawks -
author. Publisher: E.J. Hale & Son. Place of Publication: Fayetteville, NC.
Publication Year: 1858. (p 91)
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