Cantey Indians

By: Thomas N. Campbell

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: June 1, 1995

This name appears in records of the La Salle expedition, which indicate that in 1687 these Indians were enemies of the Kadohadachos. The Canteys have been identified as Lipan Apache, but this identification is debatable. A better case can be made for identification of the Canteys with the Chaquanties, who in 1700 lived on the Red River some sixty to seventy-five miles west of the Kadohadachos. This would place them in the area of what is now Lamar and Red River counties. Apparent variants of the name Chaquantie appear on several eighteenth-century maps, some of which show the name on the north side of the Red River, others on the south. Although it has been speculated that the Chaquanties were Caddoans, their affiliations have yet to be documented.

Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959). Pierre Margry, ed., Découvertes et établissements des Français dans l'ouest et dans le sud de l'Amérique septentrionale, 1614–1754 (6 vols., Paris: Jouast, 1876–86).
  • Peoples
  • Native American
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Thomas N. Campbell, “Cantey Indians,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995