The People Who Discovered Columbus: The Prehistory of the Bahamas (Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series)

William F. Keegan

For the Lucayan Arawaks of the Caribbean, the 12 months 1492 marked the start of the tip: the 1st humans contacted by means of Christopher Columbus have been the 1st extinguished. inside of thirty years, a inhabitants of probably 80,000 had declined to, at such a lot, a couple of refugees. Clearing new floor within the examine of prehistoric societies, Keegan argues assorted standpoint at the previous offers a correct portrait of a tradition that turned extinct nearly 500 years ago.
Keegan phrases his technique paleoethnography, constructing a portrait of the prior through linking archaeological box info and old records. the end result, the 1st assessment of the prehistory of the Bahamas, explains how and why the Bahamas have been colonized through the Tainos nearly 1,400 years in the past. The portrait contains features of the islands themselves, descriptions of ways the Lucayans made their settlements, what they ate, how they geared up in social teams, and the way their inhabitants unfold in the course of the archipelago.
Keegan reconstructs Columbus’s voyage in the course of the West Indies, elevating questions about the explorer’s motivations and providing a arguable conception approximately the place, precisely, Columbus landed. providing new views on Caribbean prehistory to either students and common readers, the booklet ends with the Spaniards’ arrival and the Lucayans’ demise.

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