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Post by Archived Topic » Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:47 pm

In reading a Michener novel I came across the word "roanoke" used. The implication was it was an Indian word for an item used by Indians before European colonization. I'm sure the city of Roanoke was named for it but I can find no reference so far of it's actual meaning.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Dec 16, 2004 3:01 pm

Bernie, Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina was the site of the first attempted English settlement in America in 1585. The word ‘roanoke’ was said to be the Indian word (or the English version of it) for ‘place where white shells were found’ or ‘shells used for money.’

(Brewer’s Names by Adrian Room)
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Dec 16, 2004 3:14 pm

Of course, the colonists never adopted the native expression for "Land Mine!"
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