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The Akokisa: Houston’s lost tribe

by The 100 Companies

The Akokisa were an indigenous tribe that settled along the Galveston Bay and lower Trinity and San Jacinto rivers making up the present-day Greater Houston area. They lived in villages and built airy home structures to help with the warm climate, and were skilled at making dugout canoes from cypress logs for nearby waterways.

Disease from European settlers killed many and by 1805 the Akokisa population was reduced to just two villages. Many of its people were absorbed into other tribes in the wake of the Texas Revolution in 1835-1836, and by the 1850s the tribe became largely extinct.

– Margaret Willard, The 100 Companies

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