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DOGUENE INDIANS. The Doguenes (Aguenes, Deaguanes, Deguenes, Draguanes) were Indians of the Texas coast among whom Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca lived for a time, presumably about 1528. Their precise location cannot be determined, but geographic details in the Cabeza de Vaca narrative seem to indicate the vicinity of Matagorda Bay. About 160 years later, when Europeans again visited this section of the coast, it was occupied by Karankawan groups. The Doguenes lived in the vicinity of San Antonio Bay.


Adolph F. Bandelier, ed., The Journey of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and His Companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528–1536 (New York: Barnes, 1905). 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, "DOGUENE INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.