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CHORRUCO INDIANS. The Chorruco (Charruco) Indians were an otherwise unidentified group, possibly Karankawan, that lived on the mainland of Matagorda Bay and kept Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca with them for about six years. He stated that they took their name from the woods in which they lived.


Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959).

Margery H. Krieger


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

Margery H. Krieger, "CHORRUCO INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.