The People Who Discovered Columbus: The Prehistory of the Bahamas (Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series)
William F. Keegan
Probably maintained exponential growth rates during periods of expansion and that the majority of the Lesser Antilles may have been bypassed or settled only temporarily during the initial Saladoid expansion. If one extends Roosevelt's (1980) analysis of Saladoid peoples on the Orinoco River out onto the Lesser Antilles a remarkable coincidence occurs. The estimated population growth rate in Parmana, the region of study on the Middle Orinoco, is exactly the same as the rate estimated.
Political considerations aside, the islands form a single archipelago with common geological, ecological, and cultural roots. I use the names Bahamas and Bahama Islands as generic terms for the archipelago as a whole. Geology The Bahama Islands did not exist 200 million years ago. Never a part of the North American continent, the Bahamas developed on a limestone platform created with.
In a meterhigh midden ridge. The larger plaza has a central court on which limestone rocks have been aligned. At first this court was thought to be a ballcourt, the scene of the Taino's batey. But when Sullivan completed the analysis of the detailed map he made he found that the stones were aligned with the rising and setting of certain stars and with the summer solstice. An ontheground observatory, the court is a unique Bahamian artifact of Taino culture. Sullivan's Page xvi.
Its population density exceeded the initial density of the Eleuthera settlement. Continued growth at a constant rate would maintain this unequal relationship. Archaeological Surveys in the Bahamas The 1960s proved to be a watershed in Bahama archaeology. Prior to 1960 there were a number of spot surveys and informal investigations that succeeded in.
Growing populations, were younger than age fifteen. This brief review of historical demography suggests that the Spanish may have been fairly accurate in their size estimates for the native populations of the northern West Indies. The next task is to determine whether archaeological evidence conforms to these ethnohistoric values. For purposes of comparison a population density of 4.