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QUINET INDIANS. In the latter part of the seventeenth century this group, which is known only from documents concerning the La Salle expedition, lived north of Matagorda Bay. They were among the Indians who lived nearest to Fort St. Louis. René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle met a band of Quinets on the lower Lavaca River (in the area of present Jackson County) and made peace with them. The Quinet and Ebahamo Indians seem to have been closely associated, and both appear to have been Karankawan groups. After 1690 no more is heard of the Quinet Indians under this name. It seems likely that they were later known under some other Karankawan name, possibly Cujane.


Charles W. Hackett, ed., Pichardo's Treatise on the Limits of Louisiana and Texas (4 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1931–46). John Gilmary Shea, Discovery and Exploration of the Mississippi Valley (New York: Redfield, 1852).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "QUINET INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.