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Historians are not sure of the true meaning of the name Chesapeake. It is usually cited as deriving from the Algonquin word chesepiooc, meaning “great shellfish bay.” But records from the 1580s refer to the Bay as chesapiock or chesapiuck, meaning “people on the great river.”
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