OMG! Cherokees were in Quebec in 1649!
Andrew Hardin, a dedicated People of One Fire subscriber, sent us a link this afternoon to a Dutch map, which was updated several times between 1649 and 1670 . . . the last version reflecting the capture of New Amsterdam by the British in 1664. The map that he referenced seemed to put the Cherokees in Quebec during the mid-1600s. To be certain, I dropped what I was doing and studied several Canadian anthropological websites. By golly, this has to be them! French maps confirmed that this branch of the Hurons was pushed southward out of Quebec in the 1660s by their arch-enemies, the Iroquois Confederacy.
Here is what the Canadian sources state:
The Cherioquet were a division of the Hurons. The Huron’s autonym was ‘Wendat’, but the French primarily called them ‘Huron’ or ‘Huron les bon Iroquois’. Champlain first referred to them as the ‘Ochateguin’, then later as the ‘Charioquois, Charioquet and Charoqui. The English called them the Charokay, Charikey or Charakey. They were also known as the Allegonantes or Alleghenies. The Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia were named after them. They resettled in southern West Virginia, southeastern Kentucky and and the southwestern tip of Virginia, where they were labeled on maps by their Mohawk name – Tionontatecaga.
How about them thar apples?
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