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The Wenrohronon or Wenro were a little-known Iroquoian language-speaking indigenous people of North America, originally residing in present-day western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. They appear to have inhabited the upper Allegheny River valley, between the territories of the Seneca and the Neutrals.

The Wenro were recorded by Franciscan missionary Joseph de La Roche Daillon in 1627, who encountered them at the site of Oil Springs. Dallion noted the tribe's use of crude petroleum (then a largely unknown substance) as an alleged medicine, a possible factor in the tribe's eventual demise. Along with the Neutral and Erie nations, they were ultimately conquered by the Iroquois nations during the Beaver Wars of the 17th century.[1]

Survivors were assimilated into the victorious nations. Many were absorbed into the Seneca Nation, whose descendants inhabit the territory today. Remaining survivors were exiled into Huron territory.[1]


Region New York, Pennsylvania
Extinct 17th century
  • Northern
    • Lake Iroquoian
      • Five Nations
        • Huronian?
          • Wenro
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Linguist list
Glottolog wenr1236[2]

Wenrohronon was an Iroquoian language and thus was related to Susquehannock, Wyandot, Erie and Scahentoarrhonon.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Vol 5". Handbook of North American Indians. 2012-12-12. 
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Wenro". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ "Wenrohronon". Accessgenealogy.com. 2012-12-12. 

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