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Moratuc was the primary town of the tribal chief of the group by the same name. When Wingina, chief of the Secotan (who by that point had renamed himself Pemisapan), decided to revolt against the English, the Moratuc were one of the northern tribes he asked for help. The name of this town means dangerous river, which would have been related to its speed while using a canoe; Ralph Lane’s comment on the Roanoke River was that it had “so violent a current…that with oares it could scarce be navigable.”.