The Tarrantines were a tribe of Native Americans inhabiting northern New England, particularly coastal Maine. The name Tarrantine is the word the Massachusett people used to refer to the Abenaki people.
In the first three decades of the 17th century. the Tarrantines had a warlike reputation with their southwestern neighbors. The Tarrantines were spared the epidemic of 1617 that devastated the Native American populations to their south, leaving the neighboring tribes greatly outnumbered. Due to their proximity to fur traders of Maine and Quebec, the Tarrantines had access to firearms, giving them a technological advantage as well.
- Vaughan, Alden (1995). New England Frontier. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 52. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
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