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Pilabó was a former Piro pueblo located on the site of the present city of Socorro, New Mexico. In 1598 Spanish explorers emerging from an inhospitable desert were given food and water by the people of the Teypana pueblo. The Spaniards renamed that pueblo “Socorro” which means “help” or “aid” in Spanish. Eventually Pilabó itself would take on the name "Socorro" in lieu of Teypana.[1]


  1. ^ Marshal, Michael P. & Walt, Henry J., Rio Abajo: Prehistory and History of a Rio Grande Province (Santa Fe: New Mexico Historical Preservation Program, 1984), p 248.