The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 15
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Route of Cabeza de Vaca.
the Otomi tongue is spoken in twelve of the districts of the same
State. Here the Nahoa immigrants met and mingled with the
Otomi family, and have continued to live among them till the pres-
ent day. They doubtless went into Michoacan and Jalisco, among
the Tarascos and Chichimecas, both of which tribes still have living
representatives in their descendants located in these two States.
Indeed, if there should be no further evidence of these families
meeting, what is here pointed out would suffice to show the Nahoas
and Otomies living together; but another State bears the same living
In his volume, State of Guanajuato, Velasco says -of the inhabit-
ants, that in the district .of Hidalgo there are Otomies and Chichi-
mecas who speak the languages of their names (p. 73); in that of
San Diego there 'are Otomies and C'hichimecas who speak the Span-
ish and their Indian languages (p. 77); in that -of San Felipe are
Otomies and Chichimecas who speak the languages of their names
(81); in the municipality -of Acmbaro there are Chichimecas and
Tarascos who speak the languages of their names (p. 98); the same
is true in the municipality of Tarandacuiao (p. 101) ; in the partida
of Comonfort there ,are some Otomies (p. 110) ; in the district of
Cortazar there are -a great number of Otomies, above all in the
pueblo del Guaje (p. 115); in the municipality of Jerecuaro there
are some Tarascos (p. 119); in the municipality of Coroneo there
are 'Tarascos (p. 121) ; in the district of Salvatierra there are Taras-
cos (p. 130); in the district of Tarimoro there are Tarascos (p.
137); in 'the municipality of Yuriria there are T.arascos who speak
the language 'of their name (pp. 141-142) ; in 'the municipality of
Santiago Maravatio there are a great number of Tarascos (p. 144);
in the municipality of Urangato there are 'Tarascos (p. 146) ; and
the city of Guanajuato "was founded by Chichimecas who gave it
the name of Quanashuato, a Tarascan name which means mountain
of frogs, and was given to it on account of the Indians having found
there a stone in the shape of a frog, which 'afterwards became the
idol of the Chichimecas. It is also believed it was due to the abund-
ance of frogs in the settlement" (p. 156).
Here are fourteen districts and municipalities of the State of
Guanajuato in which the Otomies, Chichimecas, and Tarascos still
live, and the picturesque capital still bears the T'arascan name given
to it before the Spanish came to the country.
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