The Oldest Settlement in Texas
Ysleta, Texas, is the reason El Paso claims more than 300 years of history. The town began in 1680 when Pueblo Indians drove 2,000 Spaniards from their homes in northern New Mexico. This was the greatest retreat of European peoples from Indians in the history of North America. The refugees fled south from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, leaving behind their burning villages and haciendas plus their dead relatives.
The Spaniards brought Tiqua Indians with them from Isleta Pueblo, still in existence near Albuquerque. Upon reaching El Paso del Norte, the Spanish created a village called Ysleta del Sur (small island to the South) twelve miles downstream in the Rio Grande. Isleta and Ysleta are spelled differently but pronounced the same. Both mean "small island," which in English is an islet.
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