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Perquimans Countywas formed by 1679 as Berkeley Precinct in Albemarle County. Located in the NE section of the state, it is bounded by Albemarle Sound and by Chowan, Gates, and Pasquotank Counties. It was named for Indians in the vicinity. The legislature met there, 1707-16. Area: 324 sq. mi. (261, land; 63, water). County seat: Hertford, with an elevation of 15 ft. Townships are Belvidere, Bethel, Hertford, New Hope, and Parkville. Produces corn, soybeans, peanuts, cotton, hogs, livestock, apparel, sorghum, truck bodies, and sand.
Perquimans Riverrises in the Dismal Swamp in N Perquimans County and flows SE into Albemarle Sound. Appears as Pequaimings River on the Comberford map, 1657; as Wiquemans on the Ogilby map, 1671; and as Paquinous on the Hack map, 1684.
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