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TET INDIANS. This is the name of an Indian group that is known only by hearsay. In 1706 the Tet Indians were reported to be living somewhere north of San Juan Bautista, a mission on the south side of the Rio Grande near the site of present Eagle Pass. Thereafter the Tets are not mentioned again. It seems likely that Tet is a shortened form of Tetecore, which is the name of a Coahuiltecan-speaking band that lived in northern Coahuila. Many Indian groups of northern and northeastern Coahuila crossed the Rio Grande to hunt in the southwestern part of the Edwards Plateau.


Herbert Eugene Bolton, ed., Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542–1706 (New York: Scribner, 1908; rpt., New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "TET INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.