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TSERA INDIANS. The Tsera Indians are known only from records of the La Salle expedition. According to these documents, the Tseras lived inland well to the north or northeast of Matagorda Bay, probably near the Brazos River. On Henri Joutel's list of tribes Tsera was followed by Bocherete (Bocrette), and in some French and Spanish books a hybrid name was unfortunately produced-Tserabocherete or Tserabocrette. The linguistic and cultural affiliations of both Tsera and Bocherete 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, "TSERA INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.