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ASEN ARCOS INDIANS

ASEN ARCOS INDIANS. This is one of twenty Indian groups that joined Juan Domínguez de Mendoza on his journey from El Paso to the vicinity of present San Angelo in 1683–84. Since Domínguez did not indicate at what point the Asen Arcos joined his party, it is impossible to determine their range or affiliations. Indians between the Pecos River and the San Angelo area were being hard pressed by Apache Indians at that time, and it seems likely that the Asen Arcos ranged somewhere between these two localities. Asen Arcos is a shortening of Mendoza's phrase "Los que asen Arcos," Spanish for "bow makers." This designation is of special interest because it suggests technological specialization by a single band.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Herbert Eugene Bolton, ed., Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542–1706 (New York: Scribner, 1908; rpt., New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959).

Thomas N. Campbell

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Thomas N. Campbell, "ASEN ARCOS INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/bma47), accessed October 20, 2014. Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.