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Mattabeseck means (“land between waters”)
 

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Mattabeseck means (“land between waters”)

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Mattabeseck meaning land between waters’ is the area of land just to the north of New Haven, Connecticut, between the Housatonic and Connecticut rivers.

The Dutch also used the word to name Middletown because of the meaning of the name. It refers to a place where boats could dock and trade. This area was eventually absorbed by the English Colony of Connecticut.

Both instances indicate a place of portage, which refers to the trail connecting the Quinnipiac River in Meriden to the Mattabeseck (Mattabesset) River in Middletown which links the Connecticut River. Travelling Southeast direction to mouth of the Connecticut by taking the Mattabesset River and portaging along Route 66, one can connect to the Quinnipiac River and reach Long Island Sound at New Haven Harbor.

The Mattabesset tribes spoke a common language which was called Quiripi or Wampano. This language is now extinct.

The Mattabesset political organization was not sophisticated, the absence of central authority among them indicated as a rule, they managed to live in peace with one another and had little need for the complex political structure required by warfare.


http://connecticuthistory.blogspot.com/2010/12/mattabesec-indians.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattabeseck

http://connecticutwatertrails.com/CWTA%20-%20Resources%20-%20History%20Of%20Connecticut's%20Water%20Trails%20-%20The%20Mattabesec.htm

 

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