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Koroa

 

 

Ethnie: KOROA
Language: Tunican
Family Tunican
Stock: Tunican
Phylum: Algic
Macro-Culture: Eastern Woodlands
Speakers None
      The Koroa were a sedentary hunter/farmer tribe first met in Arkansas and then eventually removing to Mississippi.  The Koroa decision to join the Natchez in their outbreak against the French was their undoing.  The survivors absorbed into the Choctaw.
Aboriginal Locations (Subdivisions, #of villages)
AR  Possibly near present Little Rock in 1541
Present Locations
Absorbed into the Choctaw
Year History
1541 Possibly visited by De Soto in Arkansas, called "Coligua" or "Coligoa"
1672 Called Akoroa on Marquette's map; La Salle placed them on the east side of the Mississippi
1686 Living near Yazoo
1690 Visited by Tonti on the Red River and on the Koroa River
1702 French missionary Foucault killed by tribe member who was in turn slain by order of Koroa chiefs
1704 Suffered severe defeat at the hands of the Quapaw, removed to Yazoo River
1729 Outbreak of Natchez War against the French, Koroa murdered missionary P. Seuel and along with the Yazoo, massacred the garrison at ft. St. Peter, later attacked by Chakchiuma and Choctaw and still later by the Quapaw
1731 Occupying a fort on the Tensas River along with the Yazoo; took part with the Natchez in an attack on the Tunica; eventually joined Choctaw and possibly Chickasaw (Choctaw Chief Allen Wright claimed Koroa descent) 
Year Total MS Population Source
1700 300 NAHDB calculation
1730 300 Le Page du Pratz (40 cabins)
1800 0 NAHDB calculation
1900 0 NAHDB calculation 
2000 0 NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Tunica, Yazoo
Koroa Sites:
Koroa Indian Tribe History  http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/koroahist.htm
Tunica and Koroa Indians  http://www.uark.edu/depts/contact/tunica.html
Tunica and Koroa Indians  http://arkarcheology.uark.edu/indiansofarkansas/index.html?pageName=Tunica%20and%20Koroa%20Indians
Tunica Language  http://www.native-languages.org/tunica.htm
Tunica Language  http://www.ethnologue.com/14/show_language.asp?code=TUK
Tunica Linguistic Lineage  http://www.ethnologue.com/14/show_lang_family.asp?code=TUK
Tunica Vocabulary  http://www.native-languages.org/tunica_words.htm

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