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MACOCOMA INDIANS

MACOCOMA INDIANS. The Macocoma (Mecocoma, Ntacocoma) Indians are known only from early eighteenth century records at San Francisco Solano Mission (in the area near present Eagle Pass) and San Antonio de Valero Mission (at San Antonio). It has been assumed but not fully demonstrated that the mission Macocomas were the same as the Cocoma Indians, who lived in northeastern Coahuila and the adjoining part of Texas in 1675. However, in 1693 Cocomas were also reported as living in the area between Durango, Mexico, and present Presidio, Texas, a fact which complicates the status of the Cocomas. It is not certain that these two groups of Cocoma Indians represented the same people. J. R. Swanton evidently considered the Macocomas and Cocomas (Coahuila-Texas) as the same, since he identified only the Macocoma Indians as a Coahuiltecan band.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Herbert Eugene Bolton, Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1915; rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970). Herbert Eugene Bolton, ed., Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542–1706 (New York: Scribner, 1908; rpt., New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959). Charles W. Hackett, ed., Historical Documents Relating to New Mexico, Nueva Vizcaya, and Approaches Thereto, to 1773 (3 vols., Washington: Carnegie Institution, 1923–37). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959). J. R. Swanton, Linguistic Material from the Tribes of Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1940).

Thomas N. Campbell

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Thomas N. Campbell, "MACOCOMA INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/bmm01), accessed November 28, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.