bes, including the Accohannocks and Accomacs, on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay.
The confederacy occupied the region in Virginia consisting of the navigable portion of the James and York rivers, with their tributaries.
The Corees were south of the Powhatans, on the Atlantic coast, in northern North Carolina.
The Cheraws and other small tribes occupied the land of the once powerful Hateras family, below the Corees.
The Nanticokes were upon the peninsula between the Chesapeake and Delaware bays.
The Lenni-Lenapes, or Delawares, comprised powerful families — namely, the Minsis and Delawares proper.
The former occupied the northern part of New Jersey and a portion of Pennsylvania, and the latter inhabited lower New Jersey, the banks of the Delaware River below Trenton, and the whole valley of the Schuylkill.
The Mohegans were a distinct tribe on the east side of the Hudson River, and under that name were included several independent families on Long Island and the country betw
1655, and from that time until 1664, when New Netherland was conquered by the English, the territory was claimed by the Dutch, and controlled by them.
Then Lord Baltimore, proprietor of Maryland, claimed all the territory on the west side of Delaware Bay, and even to lat. 40°; and settlers from Maryland attempted to drive away the settlers from the present State of Delaware.
When William Penn obtained a grant of Pennsylvania, he was very desirous of owning the land on Delaware Bay to the sea,Delaware Bay to the sea, and procured from the Duke of York a release of all his title and claim to New Castle and 12 miles around it, and to the land between that tract and the sea; and in the presence of all the settlers he produced his deeds (October, 1682), and formally accepted the surrender of the territory.
Lord Baltimore pressed his claim, but in 1685 the Lords of Trade and Plantations made a decision in Penn's favor.
A compromise afterwards adjusted all conflicting claims.
The tracts which now constitute t