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Mention is often made of the Wappinger and Mattabesic Confederations, but these organizations never really
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The fabled Mattabesic may have never existed

existed
. In truth, the Mattabesic and Wappinger were not even tribes within the usual meaning of the word. What they really were was a collection of a dozen, or so, small tribes which spoke Algonquin, shared a common culture, and occupied a defined geographic area. The name of the Mattabesic comes from a single village that was on the Connecticut River near Middletown.