ABNAKI ("the whitening sky at daybreak," i.e. Easterners), a confederacy of North American Indians of Algonquian stock, called Terrateens by the New England tribes and colonial writers. It included the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Norridgewock, Malecite and other tribes. It formerly occupied what is now Maine and southern New Brunswick. All the tribes were loyal to the French during the early years of the 18th century, but after the British success in Canada most of them withdrew to St Francis, Canada, subsequently entering into an agreement with the British authorities. The Abnaki now number some 1600.
For details see Handbook of American Indians, edited by F. W. Hodge (Washington, 1907).
1 By J. E. Harrison, Prolegomena to Creek Religion, p. 493.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)