Chorruco Tribe

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Chorruco. A tribe, formerly on the Texas coast, to whom Cabeza de Vaca fled from the Coaque with whom he had lived nearly a year after shipwreck on Malhado Island in 1528. The people, he said, took their name from the woods in which they lived. He stayed with this tribe about 6 years, traveling and trading with others in the vicinity and inland. The region was probably the home of the Karankawan family at that time. The Chorruco are now extinct.

For Further Study

The following articles and manuscripts will shed additional light on the Chorruco as both an ethnological study, and as a people.

  • Gatschet, Karankawa Indians, Peabody Museum Papers, I, 46, 1891. (A. C. F.)

MLA Source Citation:

Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906. Web. 19 December 2014. - Last updated on Nov 17th, 2011

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