Cultures at the Confluence

17th-18th Native American Settlements of the Susquehanna River



Located on the West Branch near the Great Island about 60 miles from the bay, the name is thought to mean ‘wildcat’ which suggests the town was of the Erie nation, or “The Cat Nation”. It was destroyed in 1655 by The Five Nations. It has been postulated that "the Erie cat was a raccoon, and that is the animal after whom they were named".One writer notes  “ it is my opinion that this name has been given them on account of these chats, small wolves or leopards, which are found in their country, of which they make clothing, trimmed and ornamented with the animals’ tails sewed around the edges and on the back”(Abraham).



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