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MAYAPEM INDIANS. During the eighteenth century the Mayapem (Mallopeme) Indians ranged both sides of the Rio Grande in southern Texas and northern Tamaulipas. In the latter half of that century they entered missions on the south bank of the river-San Agustín de Laredo at Camargo and San Joaquín del Monte near Reynosa. A few Mayapems also moved northward to San Antonio, Texas, and entered San José y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission. These people probably spoke a Coahuiltecan language.


Herbert Eugene Bolton, Guide to Materials for the History of the United States in the Principal Archives of Mexico (Washington: Carnegie Institution, 1913). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959). Gabriel Saldivar, Los Indios de Tamaulipas (Mexico City: Pan American Institute of Geography and History, 1943). J. R. Swanton, Linguistic Material from the Tribes of Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1940).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "MAYAPEM INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 24, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.