by Moises Garza

July 21, 2015

Indians of the Rio Grande Delta
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

In this blog post, I talk about the book “Indians of the Rio Grande Delta: Their Role in the History of Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico” a must-read for anyone wanting to learn more about the Native Americans of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.

Two months ago I started to read a very informative and very well-made book about the Indians of the lower Rio Grande of both South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.

If you have come across an ancestor that was a Native American from this region, this is the book to read. You will get a complete picture of how their lives were and of the struggles that they may have suffered. It is also great to learn about the tribes that lived in this area.

I have found several ancestors killed by Indians or as the priest wrote “flechado por los Indios barbaros”. They were not barbarous, it was a clash of cultures and of a way of life. A struggle to survive and be free as they had been before the Spanish arrived. Unfortunately for me, I have not been able to find additional information on my Native American Ancestors.

This is the cover of the book: Indians of the Rio Grande Delta: Their Role in the History of Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico

Indians of the Rio Grande Delta

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As the cover states the Author is Martin Salinas and he published this book back on April 1, 1990. It is 207 pages.

Description from Amazon:

Certain to become a standard reference in its field, Indians of the Rio Grande Delta is the first single-volume source on these little-known peoples.

Working from innumerable primary documents in various Texan and Mexican archives, Martin Salinas has compiled data on more than six dozen named groups that inhabited the area in the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Depending on available information, he reconstructs something of their history, geographical range and migrations, demography, language, and culture. He also offers general information on various unnamed groups of Indians, on the lifeways of the indigenous peoples, and on the relations between the Indian groups and the colonial Spanish missions in the region.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. If you are interested in getting your own copy you can do so at Amazon here is the direct link: Buy This Book

I’ve talked to other people about this book and so far everyone has loved it. I still have about 50 pages more to finish reading it but I thought that I would let you know about it. Please let me know your opinion about this book in the comments section. Also if you have an interesting story about an ancestor that was a Native American please let me know.

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Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog We Are Cousins, and the Mexican Genealogy blog. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on Facebook. To contact me or book me for a presentation, buy my books, and or learn more about me visit my personal website at

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  1. I am Native American registered with the (#Carrizo_Comecrudo_Tribe_Of_Texas) my ancestral tribe. I heard the Martin Salinas book (Indians of the Rio Grande Delta) mentions alot about our tribe in his book and makes me very interested in reading information it contains.

    P.S. Please email me with any helpful information you may have…

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