Native People & Visitors

Native People & Visitors (HM2M8U)

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N 38° 52.496', W 76° 58.798'

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The Nacotchtank were American Indians who lived in the area now known as Washington, D.C. Also called the Necostins, their principle village was located on the eastern bank of a small river that still bears an anglicized version of their name — the Anacostia. The name Nacotchtank is said to mean "Trading village". Historians estimate that American Indians lived on this river for 10,000 years.

The first European explorer was Captain John Smith who sailed the Anacostia in 1608 while surveying the region's navigable waters. His visit opened the door for subsequent European settlement which led to changes in land use that dramatically altered the watershed.
HM NumberHM2M8U
Placed ByThe Kresge Foundation, 11th Street Bridge Park, BBAR, 8 Arts & Culture
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Date Added Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 8:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 328242 N 4304760
Decimal Degrees38.87493333, -76.97996667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.496', W 76° 58.798'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 29.76" N, 76° 58' 47.88" W
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