This week I want to explore more about the First Peoples of Texas particularly the Comanche, the Kiowas, and the Tonkawas, tribes that the Spanish and the French encountered.
So far we’ve talked about the state of the world in the 1500s, the first Spanish expedition in Texas in the 1530s, and we’ve touched a little on the geography and the people who were living in Texas at that time. We have talked about the Jumano, the Apache, the Karankawas (Care-Ran-Kaw-WA) and the Coahuiltecans (KOE-ha-HWEE-ta-kanz), because they were the first groups the Spanish encountered and with whom they had extensive dealings.
The Comanche, Kiowa, and Tonkawas were three of the tribes whose territory was throughout a large portion of Central, North, and West Texas. Their lifestyles and ability to survive and thrive in an often harsh environment showed them to be a very resilient peoples.
Information used in this program came from the following sites:
Texas State Historical Association – https://www.tshaonline.org/home/
Encyclopaedia Britannica – https://britannica.com
For a transcript of the show, go HERE