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HOW TEXAS GOT ITS NAME
The "Texas" state name originates with the Caddo Indian word "teysha" meaning "friends".
Texas comes from the Hasinai Confederacy (a large confederation of Caddo-speaking Native Americans located between the Sabine and Trinity rivers in eastern Texas. Today the decendents of the Hasinai confederacy are enrolled in the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma.
The Spanish Conquistadors encountered the Caddo Indians around 1540 in the area of East Texas. The Caddos referred to the Spanish as "tayshas," which meant "friend" or "allies." The Spanish translation was "tejas." The Americans converted it to "Texas."
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