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What is meant by Huronia?

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What is meant by Huronia?

Orillia says it is in Huronia... but where is Huronia defined? Lake Huron has a great deal of land surrounding it!

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1. Re: What is meant by Huronia?

Hi The-Bystander,


Huronia from the word Huron… is the area that was historically occupied by this North American Native Tribe of the same name.

By using GOOGLE I was able to find two decent descriptions of what the traditional location of “Huronia” refers to…

1- From the Tolatsga Project… which is an on-going web project that aims to provide extensive histories of all the major tribes of North America’s First Nations…

<< (the) Ouendake (called Huronia by the French) was the original homeland of the Huron occupying a fairly compact area of central Ontario between the southern end of Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe >>

Tolatsga Project (Huron) = http://www.tolatsga.org/hur.html


2- From a University of Manitoba publication entitled “A Chapter in the History of Huronia”…

<< Old Huronia, (1) the country of the Hurons, is the section of hilly land enclosed by Matchedash Bay, Nottawasaga Bay, and Lake Simcoe. Its area is about 800 square miles, within the townships of Tiny, Tay, Medonte, and Oro of Simcoe County. (2) The Indian name for this land was Wendake, and its people were the Wendot or Wyandottes. The French coined the name, Huron, (3) as a nickname. >>

University of Manitoba “A Chapter in the History of Huronia” = umanitoba.ca/colleges/…Hannan.html

Hope this info is helpful,



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2. Re: What is meant by Huronia?

Hi Bystander ~

There is no simple answer to your question. The Huron people were made up of 4 Nations to form the Huron Confederacy. One of those Nations settled in with Champlain along the St Lawrence around Québec City. Another of those nations was down in Ohio.

They were huge travellers, mainly for trading purposes, and their routes took them far afield. Having said that, their "capital city" was located on the shores of Georgian Bay at "Ossossane" which seems to now be called Ossossane Beach. Interestingly, the Huron allied with the early French in the fur trade. The Iroquois were in upstate New York and allied with the Dutch and the English. Because of Iroquois advances and attacks, the Québec located Huron removed themselves from the St. Lawrence Valley to the area around Orillia, Barrie and the shores of Georgian Bay. My memory from elementary school Social Studies was Huron - north of the St. Lawrence and in Ontario, the Iroquois, including the Mohawk BTW who now live in Québec - south of the St Lawrence and always pushing for more territory and the cold weather fur pelts (therefore lush, thick) in the lands to the north.

Edited: 3:48 pm, December 16, 2011
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