The name Texas comes to us from the Mexican Spanish tejas, meaning friends or allies. The word came into Spanish from the Caddo dialect as a reference to a confederation of Indian tribes that united against the Apache. The name was originally applied to the Spanish/Mexican province before its acquisition by the United States.1
1Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, edited by Philip Babcock Gove (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1993), 2356;
Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 544.
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