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Dasemunkepeuc appears to have been one of the towns that was part of the Secotan Nation. It was reported by English explorers that Wingina, the chief of the Secotan tribe, lived here and at Roanoke. This has led to some speculation that Dasemunkepeuc may have been the capital of the Roanoke tribe. The name of this town means “where there is extended land surface surrounded by water.” When Wingina decided to turn against and destroy the English settlement on Roanoke Island, he chose Dasemunkepeuc as his base of operations.