Nanticoke Unabridged


noun, plural Nanticokes (especially collectively) Nanticoke.
a member of an extinct North American Indian people who inhabited Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
the Algonquian language of the Nanticoke.
a member of a group of people of southern Delaware of mixed white, black, and Indian ancestry. Unabridged
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a confederacy of Algonquian-speaking North American Indians who lived along the eastern shores of what are now Maryland and southern Delaware; their name means "tidewater people." They were related to the Delaware and the Conoy. Nanticoke subsistence depended largely on fishing and trapping, and their social organization probably included a head chief, as well as subordinate chiefs of the various tribes. They were at war with the Maryland colonists from 1642 to 1678; in 1698 reservations were set aside for them. Sometime after 1722 most of the Nanticoke began moving northward, some settling with the Iroquois in what is now western New York state; many emigrated westward about 1784 and were incorporated into the Delaware tribe in what have become Ohio and Indiana

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