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Aquascogoc was the name of a tribe as well as the name of a town encountered by John White in 1585; the name simply means a place to embark. This was also one of the towns that was a part of the Secotan nation. Aquascogoc was burned in 1585 by Sir Richard Grenville as punishment for someone allegedly stealing a silver drinking vessel. This led to surrounding natives cutting off trade with the English and to the colonists’ decision to abandon the area when Sir Francis Drake appeared with ships in the spring of 1586.