The Pee Dee were some of the first native people the Europeans met while exploring the Americas. Spanish explorer D'Allyon (dee-al-yon) made contact with the Pee Dee Indians in 1521. Prior to the Spanish explorers, the Pee Dee Indians lived along the Pee Dee River from Winyah Bay (near Georgetown, S.C.) to the Town Creek area of North Carolina. They raised crops for food and used the river as a trade route with other tribes. A unique tradition of the early Pee Dee was the creation of sacred burial mounds. Some of these mounds can still be found along the Pee Dee River.
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