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PUGUAHIANE INDIANS. In 1683–84 Juan Domínguez de Mendoza led an exploratory expedition from the El Paso area as far eastward as the junction of the Concho and Colorado rivers east of future San Angelo. In his itinerary he listed the names of thirty-seven Indian groups, including the Puguahiane (Paguachiane) Indians, from whom he expected to receive delegations on the Colorado River. Nothing further is known about the Puguahianes, who seem to have been one of many Indian groups of north central Texas that were swept away by the southward thrust of the Lipan Apache and Comanche Indians in the eighteenth century. However, it is possible that the Puguahiane Indians were the same people as the Pacuachiams, a Coahuiltecan band of the same period that lived south of the Edwards Plateau. This has yet to be demonstrated.


Herbert Eugene Bolton, ed., Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542–1706 (New York: Scribner, 1908; rpt., New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959). 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, "PUGUAHIANE INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.