Discover: The Nanticoke

Discover: The Nanticoke (HM1707)

Location: Sharptown, MD 21861 Dorchester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 28.982', W 75° 49.402'

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In 1608, English Captain John Smith's explorations of the Chesapeake Bay led him up the Nanticoke River. He may have felt as if he were exploring the New World, but the Native Americans he encountered had been living in the region for millennia. The Nanticokes, as they came to be called, were the largest group on Maryland's Eastern Shore at the time.

The Nanticokes were governed by a paramount chief whose main town, north of Vienna, became known as Chicone. As the number of colonists increased, European practices conflicted with age-old native traditions. In 1698, the Chicone Indian Reservation was established by 70 years later was disbanded as many of its inhabitants had moved away. Today some descendants of the native people continue to live in the region.
HM NumberHM1707
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 11:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 428186 N 4259731
Decimal Degrees38.48303333, -75.82336667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 28.982', W 75° 49.402'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 28' 58.92" N, 75° 49' 24.12" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 Water St, Sharptown MD 21861, US
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