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Native Americans

Native Americans called 
      the lake "Paquippe"  
      (Click to enlarge)n July 11, 1585, about sixty English explorers sailed across the Pamptico (Pamlico) Sound in three small pinnaces from Wokocon (Ocracoke) to the mainland, landing at Yesocking (Wysocking) Bay. The men walked from Wysocking Bay to the lake that the Native American’s called “Paquippe”. This was today’s Lake Mattamuskeet. Their walk to the lake shore was about five miles, assuming they followed a natural creek that ran a crooked course from the Wysocking Bay to the lake shore. 

Alqonquian village of "Pomeiock"  (Click to enlarge)It would be more than 100 years before the lake would be called “Mattamuskeet.” In 1585, the lake covered 120,000 acres, about three times its current size, and averaged six to nine feet deep. The Native Americans could paddle across the lake in their large dugout canoes, some as large as 35 feet long. 

John White was an artist sent by Sir Walter Raleigh with the 1585 company of English explorers. There were about 200 English subjects in the company. 

Click to enlargeThe undetermined fate of Sir Walter Raleigh’s company ended English exploration of the land that would become eastern North Carolina until the late 1600’s.

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Artwork from John White's paintings
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