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QUISCAT. Quiscat was an eighteenth-century Tawakoni chief whose name was given to the leading Tawakoni village on the Brazos River near the site of present Waco. He traveled to San Antonio in 1772 to make peace with the Spanish. The village, sometimes called El Quiscat, was located on the west side of the Brazos on a bluff above some springs; at one time it had an estimated 750 residents. Athanase de Mézières visited the village in 1779, and Pedro Vial stayed there for several weeks in 1786 while recovering from injuries. Reference to the village of Quiscat occurs as late as 1795.


Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959).

Margery H. Krieger


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

Margery H. Krieger, "QUISCAT," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.