Munsee Indians

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The Munsee natives were part of the Delaware natives, although they lived separately from the Delaware nation for most of their existence. Some scholars argue that the Munsee natives should not be considered Delaware because of some stark differences in dialect. The United States referred to the Munsees as a separate tribe in the Treaty of Fort Industry. The Munsee natives were Algonquian natives. The Algonquian natives consisted of various tribes that spoke similar languages. The Munsees lived originally in New York and New Jersey, but they moved westward as whites forced them from the land. By the 1720s, the Munsee natives had reached western Pennsylvania. There, missionaries from the Moravian Church attained some success in converting the Munsees to Christianity.

See Also


  1. Hurt, R. Douglas. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.