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Waccamaw Indians. One of the small tribes formerly dwelling on the Lower Pedee and its branches in South Carolina and the adjacent border of North Carolina. Nothing is known of their language, and very little else concerning them, as they were never prominent in history. Their associations indicate that they were Siouan. Their habitat was along Waccamaw River, which enters the Pedee from the north almost at its mouth. They were mentioned first in 1715 as living near the Winyaw, both tribes receiving ammunition from the Cheraw, who attempted to gain them as allies of the Yamasee and other tribes against the English. At this time they were living in 6 villages with a population of 6101. In 1755 the Cherokee and Notchee were reported to have killed some Pedee and Waccamaw in the white settlements2. Like the Pedee, Cheraw, and other tribes of that region3, the remnant was probably finally incorporated with the Catawba.

Footnotes

  1. Rivers, Hist. S. Car., 94, 1874 

  2. Gregg, Hist. of Old Cheraws, 15, 1867 

  3. Mooney, Siouan Tribes of the East, 76, 1894 

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