Koroa


Koroa

The Koroa were one of the groups of indigenous people who lived in Mississippi prior to the European settlement of the region. They lived in the northwest of Mississippi in the Yazoo River basin.

The Koroa may be the tribe identified by Hernando de Soto's expedition as the Coligua or Cologoa. They were met by Soto's company in the area of what is today Little Rock, Arkansas. [Swanton, John R. "The Indians of the Southeastern United States". (United States Government Pringting Office: Washington, 1946) p. 147]

Marguette referred to this tribe by the name Akoroa. [Swanton. "Indians of the Southeastern United States" p. 147]

The Koroa lived on both sides of the Mississippi River when the French encontered them. At least one of their villages was on the east bank of the river. [Swanton. "Indians of the Southeastern United States". p. 147]

In 1702 a French missionary named Foucault was killed while serving among the Koroa but the tribes leaders had the murder executed. [Swanton. "Indians of the Southeastern United States". p. 147] The Koroa were taken as captives and sold to Carolina slave traders by the Chickasaws.

List of other de Soto Expedition Tribes

List of sites and peoples visited by the Hernando de Soto Expedition

ources

Gibson, Arrell M. "The Indians of Mississippi" in McLemore, Richard Aubrey, ed. "A History of Mississippi" (Hattiesburg: University and College Press of Mississippi, 1973) vol. 1


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