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CHAQUANTIE INDIANS. In 1700 the Chaquantie (Chacacante, Chaquanhe, Chicacanti) Indians lived on the Red River some sixty to seventy-five miles west of the Kadohadachos. This would place them in the area covered by present Lamar and Red River counties. Apparent variants of this name appear on several eighteenth-century maps, some showing the name north of the river, others south. The Chaquanties may have been the same people as the Canteys, who were listed as enemies of the Kadohadachos in records (1687) of the La Salle expedition. The Canteys have been identified as Lipan-Apache, but this identification is debatable. The geographic and historical facts lend more support to identification of the Canteys with the Chaquanties. Although it has been speculated that the Chaquanties were Caddoan, this has yet to be demonstrated.


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).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "CHAQUANTIE INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.