Androscoggin were an
Algonquiantribe who was a sub-tribe of the Abenakiwho lived in what now are Maineand New Hampshire. It is assumed that by the 18th century, they had been absorbed by neighboring tribe.
Arosaguntacook or Arossagunticook, the tribe's
endonym, in the eastern Abenaki languagemeans "Rocky Flats flow" or "a river of rocks refuge." Other recorded variations of the name are Amariscoggin, Ameriscoggin, Asschincantecook, Arossagunticook, "Alessikantek-eyak" by the Penobscotand the Cowasuck. The name Arosaguntacook was probably change by Massachusetts Governor Edmund Androsto Androscoggin. Today's Penobscot name for the Saint Francis Abenaki is "Alessikantek-eyak" because Arossaguntacook belonged to the ancestors of the people of Saint Francis.
The Arosaguntacook once lived in the
Androscoggin Riverwatershed, located in present-day southern Maineand northern New Hampshire. Their main village was located in the vicinity of present-day Lewiston. Together with the Pigwacket, they formed the southern-most of the Abenaki tribes, and were therefore one the first in contact with the English colonists of New England.
In 1675, the Androscoggin took part in
King Philip's War. Metallakwas member of Androscoggin tribe.
* Bruce G. Trigger (ed.): "
Handbook of North American Indians. Vol. 15. Northeast". Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. 1978 ISBN 0-16004-575-4
* [http://www.tolatsga.org/aben.html Abenaki History]
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