Language: Powhatan
Family: Eastern Algonquian
Stock: Algonquian
Phylum: Algic
Macro-Culture: Eastern Woodlands
Speakers None
      The Weapemeoc were a sedentary hunter/farmer tribe or confederacy. Their territory was bordered by Albemarle Sound on the south, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, about the Virginia border on the north, and the Chowan River on the west excluding Gates County. They were probably destroyed by smallpox, in conflicts with other tribes and/or, absorbed into other cultures.
Aboriginal Locations: Subdivisions (Villages)
NC  Pasquotank, Perquiman, Poteskeet, Yeopim (5)
Present Locations
Extinct, possibly absorbed into other cultures
Year History
1585 Mentioned in the narratives of the Raleigh colony
1662 Yeopim parted with some of their land
1670 Smallpox sometime after this year
1701 Met by Lawson, 1 Yeopim, 40 other warriors
Year Total NC Pop. Source
1600 2,800   Mooney estimate
1700 200 NAHDB calculation
1701 200   Rights estimate
1800 0 NAHDB calculation
1900 0 NAHDB calculation 
2000 0 NAHDB calculation 
Other speakers of the same language:
Chowanoc, Hatteras, Machapunga, Moratok, Pamilco, Powhatan
Weapemeoc Sites:
Cultural Anthropology of Indian Villages
Indian Trader John Lawson's Journal
Powhatan Dictionary
Powhatan Language
Powhatan Language
Powhatan Linguistic Lineage
Weapemeoc Indian Tribe
White-De Bry Map of Virginia (1590)

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