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BIBIT INDIANS

BIBIT INDIANS. The Bibit (Bibi, Mabibit) Indians were one of the many Coahuiltecan groups of the late seventeenth century that lived in northeastern Coahuila and also ranged across the Rio Grande into the southwestern part of the Edwards Plateau. The Bosque-Larios expedition of 1675 encountered the chief of a small group of Bibits who were hunting in what is now the vicinity of Kinney County. This leader reported that his band had recently declined in numbers because of a smallpox epidemic. The Bibits probably ranged even farther north into the Edwards Plateau, since in 1683–84 Juan Domínguez de Mendoza listed the Bibis among the groups that he expected to see on the Colorado River east of present San Angelo.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Herbert Eugene Bolton, ed., Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542–1706 (New York: Scribner, 1908; rpt., New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959). Charles W. Hackett, ed., Pichardo's Treatise on the Limits of Louisiana and Texas (4 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1931–46). Vito Alessio Robles, Coahuila y Texas en la época colonial (Mexico City: Editorial Cultura, 1938; 2d ed., Mexico City: Editorial Porrúa, 1978).
Thomas N. Campbell

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Handbook of Texas Online, Thomas N. Campbell, "Bibit Indians," accessed June 27, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/bmb06.

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