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Patawomeck Tribe

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Located on the Potomac River near what is now Fredericksburg, Virginia, the Patawomeck were one of many small Indian tribes residing in Virginia when Europeans first arrived. They lived some distance from Powhatan’s direct influence, but they were involved in the abduction of Pocahontas by the English,[1] and may have been involved in the poisoning of Powhatan’s successor Opechancanough in 1623. They were visited by a Catholic priest, Father Andrew White in 1642. [2] In 1662, their chief Wahanganoche was accused – and acquitted – of murder by the English, but he died before returning home.[3] In 1666, the Virginia Governor’s Council called for the “utter destruction” of the Patawomeck and they appear in no colonial records after then.

In 2008, a group claiming descent from the Patawomeck tribe applied for state recognition by the Commonwealth of Virginia (a ceremonial designation; by law, only the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Congress can officially recognize any Indian nation) but were rejected by the Virginia Council on Indians. They appealed directly to the General Assembly and were granted state recognition by a legislative act in February, 2010.

For further reading, see: Patawomeck Tribe. (encyclopediavirginia.org)


  1. The Genesis of the United States; v 2 : Brown, Alexander : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
  2. archive.org Image at Narratives of early Maryland, 1633-1684 : Hall, Clayton Colman, 1847-1916 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive]
  3. The Case of Wahanganoche

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