Language: Powhatan [?]
Family: Eastern Algonquian
Stock: Algonquian
Phylum: Algic
Macro-Culture: Eastern Woodlands
       The Coree were a sedentary hunter/farmer tribe closely related to the Tuscarora, with whom some finally confederated. They were located on the peninsula south of the Neuse River in Carteret and Craven Counties.  They were destroyed by smallpox, a war with the Machapunga, and in war with Whites.  Many later merged into the Machapunga.
Aboriginal Locations Subdivisions [(# of Villages)
NC (3)
Present Locations
Coree (a.k.a. Faircloth Indians), Atlantic claim ancestry, otherwise extinct as a culture though some descendants among the Tuscarora
Year History
1585 Known to Raleigh colony
1670 Smallpox epidemic soon after this year
1696 Population greatly reduced in a war with Machapunga
1712 Took part in Tuscarora War against colonists; some remained with Tuscarora
1715 Place on a tract of land on Mattamuskeet Lake with the Machapunga where they remained until became extinct or absorbed into the neighboring culture
Year Total NC Population Source
1600 1,000 Mooney estimate
1700 100 NAHDB calculation
1709 90   Lawson estimate
1800 0 NAHDB calculation
1900 0 NAHDB calculation 
2000 0 NAHDB calculation 
Other speakers of the same language:
Probably Powhatan tribes with considerable dialectic differences
Coree Sites:
1711:  Tuscarora War
Algonkin Ethnohistory of the Carolina Sound
Among the Tuscarora:  John Lawson Death
Beaufirt NC Hisotry
Coree Are Not Extinct
Coree Indian Tribe
Cultural Anthropology of Indian Villages
Death of John Lawson
Iroquoian Language Family
Tuscarora Indian War
Tuscarora Indian War
Tuscarora War
Tuscarora War
Tuscarora War
White-De Bry Map of Virginia (1590)

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