CONCHAMUCHA INDIANS. In 1683–84 Juan Domínguez de Mendoza led an exploratory expedition from El Paso as far eastward as the junction of the Concho and Colorado rivers east of the site of present San Angelo. In his itinerary he listed the names of thirty-seven Indian groups, including the Conchamuchas, from whom he expected to receive delegations. Nothing further is known about the Conchamuchas, whose name is Spanish for "much shell" and suggests that they lived near the Concho River, so named because of its abundant freshwater mussel shells. The Conchamuchas seem to have been one of many Indian groups of north central Texas that were swept into oblivion by the southward thrust of the Lipan Apache and Comanche Indians in the eighteenth century.
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