An article from mySA about how Texas may have gotten its name.  An excerpt:

Later, when Spanish soldiers encountered the Caddos around 1689, the American Indians greeted them with the word “techas,” meaning “friendly,” a word that evolved into “Tejas” — Texas. One tribe that lived along the Texas coast was known as the Karankawas. They were the first to greet Cabeza de Vaca and his Spanish soldiers in 1528.

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