John White image of an Algonquian burial house, 1585
John White image of an Algonquian burial house, 1585

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Quick Facts

Significance:
Algonquian weroance, one of the first Algonquian to greet the English explorers
Place of Birth:
Unknown
Date of Birth:
Unknown
Place of Death:
Unknown
Date of Death:
Spring, 1586
Place of Burial:
Unknown

Acting in his brother’s stead (Wingina was recovering from battle wounds), Granganimeo at once realized the power that the English wielded when they first arrived in 1584. Mostly through hand gestures, he made the English comfortable, traded with them, and invited them to return the next year.

Unfortunately, he would not survive the ravaging diseases that his new English allies would bring and died in the spring of 1586.