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PEUPUETEM INDIANS. The Peupuetem (Peupuepuem) Indians lived on the north bank of the lower Rio Grande in the middle eighteenth century. The maps of Jiménez Moreno and G. Saldivar place them in the area of present Cameron and Hidalgo counties, but the documents indicate only that they lived somewhere downstream from present Rio Grande City. The name is said to mean "those who speak differently."


Gabriel Saldivar, Los Indios de Tamaulipas (Mexico City: Pan American Institute of Geography and History, 1943).

Thomas N. Campbell


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

Thomas N. Campbell, "PEUPUETEM INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.