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ARCOS TUERTOS INDIANS. The Arcos Tuertos (Spanish for "twisted bows") Indians were 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 1683–1684. The meeting occurred east of the Pecos River, possibly in what is now Reagan and Irion counties, and the Arcos Tuertos accompanied Mendoza to the Colorado River beyond San Angelo. They seem to have been one of the numerous bands of unknown affiliation that ranged the transition zone between the southern High Plains and the Edwards Plateau prior to Apache dominance in the early eighteenth century.


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


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "ARCOS TUERTOS INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.