Blue Ridge Mountains
The English who settled colonial Virginia in the early 17th
century recorded that the native Powhatan name for the Blue Ridge
was Quirank. At the foot of the Blue Ridge, various tribes
including the Sioux Manahoacs, the Iroquois, and the Shawnee
hunted and fished.
A German physician, John Lederer, first reached the crest of the
Blue Ridge near present-day Harper's Ferry in 1669 and again the
As more settlers moved into Virginia, their economic and at times
martial competition pushed the native inhabitants west.