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.
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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.)