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PACHALOCO INDIANS. The Pachaloco (Pacholoco, Panchaloco) Indians are known only as one of the Indian groups that entered San Juan Bautista Mission near the site of present Guerrero, northeastern Coahuila, in 1701 or shortly thereafter. Some of them were still at this mission as late as 1762. Swanton listed them as probable Coahuiltecan speakers. The similarities in the names Pachaloco, Pachalaque, and Pastaloca raise questions of possible identity that cannot be answered at present.


Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959). Leopoldo Naranjo, Lampazos: sus hombres, su tiempo, sus obras (Monterrey: Talleres J. Cantú Leal, 1934). J. R. Swanton, Linguistic Material from the Tribes of Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1940). Robert S. Weddle, San Juan Bautista: Gateway to Spanish Texas (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "PACHALOCO INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.