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Coree Indians

by Michael D. Green, 2006

"Neuse River Cliffs of the Neuse." The Coree Indians Lived along the Neuse. Photo courtesy of Flickr user bobistraveling, uploaded October 30, 2010. Coree Indians, when first encountered by Europeans arriving in what is now North Carolina, were living south of the Neuse River along the Atlantic Coast. Like other Indians of the Coastal Plain, the Coree (or Core) lived in villages, reportedly three in number, and depended for their livelihood on both agriculture and the ocean. Sharply reduced in numbers by epidemic disease and warfare, they totaled perhaps 100 persons by 1701. Scholars debate whether the Coree spoke an Algonquian or an Iroquoian language. They seem to have been closely associated with the nearby Tuscarora, who spoke an Iroquoian language. At any rate, the Coree allied with the Tuscarora during the Tuscarora War of 1711-13 and were nearly obliterated. Presumably some Coree survivors joined the Tuscarora after the war and may have moved north to the Iroquois country in New York with them. Most, however, joined together with the remnants of other coastal tribes and settled on a reservation at Lake Mattamuskeet. Core Banks and Core Sound on the North Carolina coast were both named for the Coree Indians.


Maurice A. Mook, "Algonkian Ethnohistory of the Carolina Sound," Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 34 (15 June, 15 July 1944).

Ruth Y. Wetmore, First on the Land: The North Carolina Indians (1975).

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"Neuse River Cliffs of the Neuse." The Coree Indians Lived along the Neuse. Photo courtesy of Flickr user bobistraveling, uploaded October 30, 2010. Available from (accessed May 23, 2012).


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Ive lived at Core Point N.C.zip27814 for 54 to 55 years on the Pamlico River South side , there has been arrow heads and potter founds many years ago. I understood that the rd in to core pt (only one way in and one way out ) was, use to be the indian tray from core pt to new bern going by the werhourser plant what I call the backway to New Bern. I have read before thay they sided with the Tuscarawas. Same tray rd now higway goes to the community of Tuscarawas. Just wish I new more about this having live on the Pamlico river when I was alittle boy imaging the way it may have been .I beet they love that river veiw like I did , still do Thank You for taking the time to read this , not that it means anything just thought Id share .

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Educator Resources on North Carolina American Indians

NC Humanities Council, 2009 - 2011. "Teaching about North Carolina American Indians." Online at Learn NC.

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