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XABE (?–?). Xabe, probably a plains Indian, was reported by his captors, the Indians of Pecos Pueblo (Cicuyes), to be a native of Quivira when they presented him to Francisco Vázquez de Coronado as a guide in the spring of 1541. Xabe confirmed El Turco's report of gold and silver in Quivira, although he stated that there was not as much as El Turco claimed.


Carlos E. Castañeda, Our Catholic Heritage in Texas (7 vols., Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1936–58; rpt., New York: Arno, 1976). Frederick Webb Hodge and Theodore H. Lewis, eds., Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States, 1528–1543 (New York: Scribner, 1907; rpt., Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1984).

H. C. Taylor


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

H. C. Taylor, "XABE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.