NORTEÑOS. The term Norteños, used in reference to a group of Indian tribes in eighteenth century Texas, was popularized with the destruction in 1758 of Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá by an alliance of tribes living north of the Spanish settlements. Thus, the term has come to be used, in historical context, as synonymous with "northern tribes." Jay C. Blaine has defined it as "a label created by eighteenth century Spanish authorities mainly for lumping together the contrary Texas Wichita-speaking groups and their affiliates." More specifically, the term as used in Spanish documents of the period included members of the Wichita and Caddo confederacies, plus Tonkawan affiliates and Comanchesqv.
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