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FLECHAS CHIQUITAS 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 future San Angelo. In his itinerary he listed the names of thirty-seven Indian groups, including the Flechas Chiquitas, from whom he expected to receive delegations. Nothing further is known about the Flechas Chiquitas (Spanish for "little arrows"), who 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.


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).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "FLECHAS CHIQUITAS INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 24, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.