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|Wampum was legal tender in several colonies
Native American tribes used wampumbeads made from shellsas money. This Cherokee mussel shell necklace comes from southwest Virginia. Similar beads, made by tribes along the coasts of New England, New York, and New Jersey, were so extensively used that they were, for many years, legal tender in those areas.