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PASTATE INDIANS. The name Pastate occurs only in a document of 1748, which lists the tribes of central and eastern Texas who had requested that missions be founded on the San Gabriel River (in the vicinity of present Rockdale). The recognizable names on this list indicate tribes of diverse linguistic affinity-Atakapan, Caddoan (including both Caddo and Wichita groups), Karankawan, and Tonkawan. To which of these linguistic groups the Pastate Indians belonged cannot be determined. It is possible that the Pastates are the same as the Postito Indians, who were apparently Coahuiltecans from west of San Antonio, but no recognizable Coahuiltecan group name appears on this list of Indian petitioners.


Herbert Eugene Bolton, Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1915; rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970). 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, "PASTATE INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.