Carolina - The Native Americans

The Sugeree Indians

Speck (1935) suggests Sugeree came from the Catawba word, yensr grihere, "people stingy," or "spoiled," or "of the river whose-water-cannot-be drunk." Also called Suturees, a synonym used in 1715.

No words of their language have been preserved, but there is every reason to suppose that they belonged to the Siouan linguistic family and were closely related to the Catawba, and perhaps still more closely to the Shakori.

The Sugeree primarily lived on and near Sugar Creek in what is present-day York County, South Carolina, and occupied parts of present-day Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Villages: There were said to be many but their names have not been preserved.

The Sugeree are hardly mentioned by anyone before Lawson in 1701. They probably suffered in consequence of the Yamasee War and finally united with the Catawba.

No separate enumeration or estimate of the to Sugeree have appears ever to have been made, and Mooney included them in the population of 5,000 allowed the Catawba.

The name Sugeree has been preserved in Sugar Creek, an affluent of the Catawba River in North and South Carolina.


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