Contrary

Texas

What’s in a name? Perhaps a whole linguistic misunderstanding.

You may have heard that the name comes from the Spanish name for the Tejas Indian tribe or kingdom. But none such ever existed.

You may have heard that the state’s motto — Friendship — is an English translation of Tejas. Not exactly.

But Tejas lives on in names for things ranging from an Intel computer chip that was never produced to the fifth album of the rock band ZZ Top.

The name of the Lone Star State originated, according to the Handbook of Texas, in the interactions of the early Spanish explorers and an Indian federation whose real name was the Hasinais, more commonly known today as the Caddos.

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September 24, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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