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THECAMON INDIANS. The Thecamon (Tecamenez, Tecamon, Teheaman) Indians are known only from records of the La Salle expedition, which indicate that in the late seventeenth century these Indians lived inland north of Matagorda Bay, apparently not far from the Colorado River. The Thecamon have been confused with the Tacames, a Coahuiltecan group that also lived near the coast but much farther to the southwest, between the San Antonio and Nueces rivers. There is no proof that these two names refer to the same people. The linguistic and cultural affiliations of the Thecamon Indians remain undetermined.


Isaac Joslin Cox, ed., The Journeys of René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (2 vols., New York: Barnes, 1905; 2d ed., New York: Allerton, 1922). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959). Henri Joutel, Joutel's Journal of La Salle's Last Voyage (London: Lintot, 1714; rpt., New York: Franklin, 1968).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "THECAMON INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 13, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.