We can credit the Powhatan and other Native American groups with some common words in English. When the colonists arrived on the East Coast, they encountered many new things, particularly plants, animals, and foods. Those native words were soon absorbed into English. Here are some well-known words from the Powhatan, who spoke Virginia Algonquian.
|opossum||apasum||white dog-like animal|
|tuckahoe||tockawhoughe||reduced to flour|
|wampum||wampumpeag||white string of beads|