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Near Belle Haven in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Occohannock Indians

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 17, 2014
1. Occohannock Indians Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WY 13.)
 
Location. 37° 33.104′ N, 75° 48.467′ W. Marker is near Belle Haven, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is at the intersection of Lankford Highway (U.S. 13) and Savagetown Road (Virginia Route 603), on the right when traveling south on Lankford Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Painter VA 23420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured
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By Bernard Fisher, February 17, 2014
2. Occohannock Indians Marker
as the crow flies. Occahannock (approx. 0.7 miles away); Accomac County / Northampton County (approx. 0.7 miles away); “The Bear and the Cub” (approx. 5.8 miles away); a different marker also named “The Bear and the Cub” (approx. 5.8 miles away); Oak Grove Methodist Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); Peter Jacob Carter (approx. 6.7 miles away); Three Northampton Landmarks (approx. 9.7 miles away); Onancock (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, July 17, 2013
3. Occohannock Indians Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page was last revised on October 14, 2016.
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