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Called the Iroquois Confederacy by the French,

and the League of Five Nations by the English,

the confederacy is properly called

the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

meaning People of the Long House.

The confederacy was founded by the prophet known as the Peacemaker,

with the help of Aionwatha, more commonly known as Hiawatha.

The exact date of the joining of the nations is unknown and said to be time immemorial,

making it one of the first and longest lasting participatory democracies in the world.

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