TOMÁS, CHIEF (?–?). Chief Tomás (or Thomas) was grand captain of the Bidai Indians in 1755 and 1756, when the Spanish were investigating the report that French traders had landed on the Gulf coast near the mouth of the Trinity River. Jacinto de Barrios y Jáuregui, governor and captain general of Texas, ordered that Tomás be presented with a red coat trimmed with gold braid, a red cap with tassels, shirts, powder, balls, vermilion, and other gifts as the grand chief. Tomás's pueblo was five miles south of Paso Tomás, the Trinity River crossing near the mouth of Bedias or Santo Tomás Creek, both creek and crossing being named for the chief.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Robert Bruce Blake, "Tomas, Chief," accessed July 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fto15.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.