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This article looks at the history of the Meherrin Indians to uncover their pivotal role in the colonial era Virginia-North Carolina Boundary Dispute. Examination of the dispute enlarges the understanding of the Meherrin's relations with white colonists and their survival strategies under European colonialism, explains how this small group of Indians was able to maintain its identity and political autonomy for the greater part of the colonial period, and provides a look at the complexity of Anglo-Indian relations.