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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.

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Robert Bruce Blake

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