Occohannock Indians

Occohannock Indians (HM1D37)

Location: Painter, VA 23420 Accomack County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 33.104', W 75° 48.467'

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The Occohannock Indians, one of the important Virginia Indian groups on the Eastern Shore, were composed of several tribes including the Onancock, Machipongo, Metomkin, Chincoteague, Kegotank, Pungoteague, Chesconessex, and Nandua. Capt. John Smith visited them in 1608, but except for trading they had little contact with the English until the 1620s. The titular leader of the Occohannock and Accomac Indians in the 1620s was Esmy Shichans, also known as the "Laughing King." By the 1670s, the Occohannocks held only token areas in their former tribal territories. In the latter part of the 17th century, they moved back and forth between here and the large reservation of their linguistic relatives, the Pocomoke, in Maryland.
HM NumberHM1D37
Marker NumberWY 13
Year Placed2002
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 10:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 428648 N 4156387
Decimal Degrees37.55173333, -75.80778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 33.104', W 75° 48.467'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 33' 6.24" N, 75° 48' 28.02" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 23371 Lankford Hwy, Painter VA 23420, US
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