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CABILDO. In Spanish Texas the cabildo was the building that housed meetings of the ayuntamiento, or town council, though Spanish colonists in America generally used the term to refer to the council itself. Though colonists used the word ayuntamiento more frequently in the latter part of the Spanish era, the two terms were interchangeable.


Marc Simmons, Spanish Government in New Mexico (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1968).

Geoffrey Pivateau


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

Geoffrey Pivateau, "CABILDO," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.