Indians of the Rio Grande Delta

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Indians of the Rio Grande Delta

Their Role in the History of Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico

By Martín Salinas

The first single-volume source on these little-known peoples.



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6 x 9 | 207 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-73055-7

Certain to become a standard reference in its field, Indians of the Rio Grande Delta is the first single-volume source on these little-known peoples.

Working from innumerable primary documents in various Texan and Mexican archives, Martin Salinas has compiled data on more than six dozen named groups that inhabited the area in the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Depending on available information, he reconstructs something of their history, geographical range and migrations, demography, language, and culture. He also offers general information on various unnamed groups of Indians, on the lifeways of the indigenous peoples, and on the relations between the Indian groups and the colonial Spanish missions in the region.

Foreword by Thomas R. Hester
1. Introduction
2. The Environmental Setting
3. Historical Background
4. The Rio Grande Delta
5. Coastal Areas North and South of the Rio Grande Delta
6. Northeastern Nuevo León
7. Culture
8. Historical Demography
9. Languages
10. Spanish Missions Nearest to the Rio Grande Delta
11. Summary and Conclusions

"The scholarship is nothing short of superb. ... Salinas has produced the definitive work on the area, which has been needed for years."
—Rudolph C. Troike, professor, Department of English, University of Arizona