Opuntia humifma-John Harriot wrote in the 1580s that “prickly pears” to the Carolina Algonquians were metaqvesvnnavk. In some places, they were so abundant from indigenous use that William DeBrahm, who surveyed the Florida coast in the 1760s, thought that cochineal insects might be grown on them as a source of red dye. (See p. 465.)