Atasacneu Indians

By: Thomas N. Campbell

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: March 16, 2021

The Atasacneu (Atasacnau) Indians are known from a Spanish document of 1748 that lists twenty-five American Indian groups of east central and southeastern Texas who had asked for missions in that general area. About half the names on the list, including Atasacneu, cannot be identified. The identifiable groups consist of Caddoans (including Wichita), Tonkawans, Atakapans, and Karankawans.

Herbert Eugene Bolton, Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1915; rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1970). Charles W. Hackett, ed., Pichardo's Treatise on the Limits of Louisiana and Texas (4 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1931–46). Juan Agustín Morfi, History of Texas, 1673–1779 (2 vols., Albuquerque: Quivira Society, 1935; rpt., New York: Arno, 1967).

  • Peoples
  • Native American
  • Tribes (Other)

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

Thomas N. Campbell, “Atasacneu Indians,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 16, 2021