By Sara Stanley
The Atakapans started in Houston and went east into Louisiana. Some of them lived along the coast and others lived farther north going up to the Caddo Indian area. Most of the campsites in Texas are near the major rivers in this area, the Trinity river and Sabine river. This area has several very different environmental zones and the zone a group lived in made a difference in how they lived.
Where they are now
In the late 18th century smallpox was spread and it killed most of their tribe. By the late 19th century the Atakapas were being added to other ethnic groups. This made the Atakapa population be really hard to keep track of. The Atakapas are now "recognized" by the government but not "acknowledged" because they never signed a treaty.