HAN INDIANS. The Han Indians are known only from the narrative of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, who encountered them in the vicinity of Galveston Bay in 1528. Since other Europeans did not visit this section of the Texas coast until some 150 years later, it is difficult to link the Hans with later coastal Indian groups. Some writers have argued that the Hans were Karankawans, but most consider them Atakapans, probably ancestors of the Akokisas who lived in this area during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Linguistic evidence supports this identification. In both Akokisa and Atakapa hañ is the word for "house."
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