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.)