Pocosin (also anglicized as pocoson, poquosin, percoarson, perkoson) derives from the extensive Algonquian family of languages. The word apparently differed in pronunciation and signification from tribe to tribe. As appropriated by settlers in eastern Maryland and the tidewater country of Virginia and the Carolinas, it refers to swamps, bays, bogs, and marshy savannas. In his History of the Carolinas of 1799, John Lawson describes the land along the lower Santee as “scarce anything but swamp and percoarson,” and unhelpfully defines the latter as a “sort of low land.” Washington Caruthers Kerr, in Report of the Geological Survey of N.C., 1895, defines a pocosin or dismal as an isolated wetland.

Franklin Burroughs