Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Nacotchtank Family at the Piney Branch Quarry, ca. 1600
Nacotchtank Family at the
Piney Branch Quarry,
In 1609 Captain John Smith sailed from the English colony of Jamestown, Virginia, and up the Potomac River as far as Little Falls. He found 13 Indian villages along the Potomac, including one called Nacotchtank. These villagers farmed small plots of corn, beans, squash, and sunflowers, and hunted and gathered from the surrounding forests.
The Potomac tribes often sided with the Powhatan Confederacy during its wars with the English. The Powhatan were defeated in 1646, and English settlements quickly expanded, reaching what is now Washington, DC, by 1675. Warfare, disease and loss of land led to the quick demise of the Potomac tribes. In the 1890s archaeologists discovered abandoned quarries along Piney Branch, a few blocks north of here, that had been used to make arrowheads and other tools.
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Location. 38° 56.048′ N, 77° 2.471′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Newton Street Northwest near 18th Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Twenty-seven Little Flags (a few steps from this marker); Changing Fashions (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); War and Peace (about 700 feet away); Village Life (about 700 feet away); Defying the Restrictive Covenants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casualties Arriving at Mount Pleasant General Hospital, May 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Streetcar Suburb (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
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