from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Native American confederacy of subtribes formerly inhabiting the upper Hudson River valley from Albany south to the Catskill Mountains and north to Lake Champlain. Present-day descendants live in Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
- n. A member of this confederacy.
- n. The Algonquian language of the Mahican.
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- n. Alternative form of Mohican.
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- proper n. Variant of Mohican.
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- n. the Algonquian language spoken by the Mohican
- n. a member of the Algonquian people formerly living in the Hudson valley and eastward to the Housatonic
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The similarity between their names is due to coincidence and European mispronunciation -- "Mahican" comes from the word Muheconneok, "from
The similarity between their names is due to coincidence and European mispronunciation -- "Mahican" comes from the word Muheconneok, "from Drag to Playlist
The locale was initial settled around 1740 by Moravian missionaries to a native Mahican village of Shekomeko.
One historian of the Iroquois observes that by the start of the seventeenth century they were “at odds with all their neighbors—Algonquin and Huron to the north, Mahican on the east, and Susquehannock to the south.”
The Sokoki and Pocumtuc (Connecticut River in western Massachusetts) had a long history of hostility with the Iroquois, and helped the Mahican in their war against the Mohawk (1624-28), with the Pennacook being drawn in as allies of the Sokoki.
This error has persisted, and Americans today might be surprised to learn that the Mahican are very much alive and living in Wisconsin under the name, Stockbridge Indians.
It is common for the Mohegan of the Thames River in eastern Connecticut to be confused with the Mahican from the middle Hudson Valley in New York a distance of about a hundred miles.
Since Cooper lived in New York and the location of his tale was the upper Hudson Valley, it can be presumed that he meant Mahican.
The Mohawk eventually won, forced the Mahican east of the Hudson, and began to attack the Sokoki and Pennacook.
The original Mahican homeland was the Hudson River Valley from the Catskill Mountains north to the southern end of Lake Champlain.