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No one knows for sure when the Wendat arrived in the traditional territory they inhabited, around Lake Simcoe, in what is now central Ontario. There are some oral and written traditions that say they were living along the St. Lawrence River and fled the Iroquois who lived south of them. Another tradition says that they moved west after being attacked by Algonquin peoples. They finally made an alliance with the Algonquins and were allowed to settle in their territory. Even before this, some traditions say the Wendat moved up the Mississippi River with other Iroquoian peoples, heading north and settling in their territory.