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HISTORY OF THE CHOPTICON INDIANS AND CHOPTICON HIGH SCHOOL
In 1608, Captain John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay and was the first to record seeing Native American villages. The Chopticon Indians had villages near the Wicomico and Port Tobacco streams and Choptico Bay. The Chopticon tribe was not a large group, estimated at 2,000 in 1600.
The Chopticon tribe enjoyed friendly relations with the English. They were the object of the first Catholic mission established by Father Andrew White. Father White recorded feelings of mutual respect and admiration between the Chopticons and the English. Within the Chopticon tribe, obedience and valor were stressed as a way to gain blessings and earn other men’s esteem.
In regards to attire, it has been recorded that the Chopticon Indians were woodland Indians who dressed in deerskins and wore beads around their necks. Bracelets and earrings were common adornments of both men and women.
The Chopticon tribe joined the English and Piscataway Confederation in a border war with the Susquehannocks, who were more warlike than the Piscataways. Even though the Piscataways were successful, future raids against the Chopticons by the Susquehannocks and Iroqouis led to the Chopticon tribe moving north along the Potomac River in the mid 1600’s.
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