By William F. Keegan
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For the Lucayan Arawaks of the Caribbean, the yr 1492 marked the start of the tip: the 1st humans contacted through Christopher Columbus have been the 1st extinguished. inside thirty years, a inhabitants of probably 80,000 had declined to, at such a lot, a couple of refugees. Clearing new flooring within the learn of prehistoric societies, Keegan argues diverse point of view at the prior offers a correct portrait of a tradition that grew to become extinct nearly 500 years ago.
Keegan phrases his process paleoethnography, constructing a portrait of the previous via linking archaeological box facts and historic records. the end result, the 1st review of the prehistory of the Bahamas, explains how and why the Bahamas have been colonized through the Tainos virtually 1,400 years in the past. The portrait comprises features of the islands themselves, descriptions of the way the Lucayans made their settlements, what they ate, how they equipped in social teams, and the way their inhabitants unfold in the course of the archipelago.
Keegan reconstructs Columbus’s voyage throughout the West Indies, elevating questions on the explorer’s motivations and offering a arguable conception approximately the place, precisely, Columbus landed. delivering new views on Caribbean prehistory to either students and common readers, the ebook ends with the Spaniards’ arrival and the Lucayans’ demise.
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Extra resources for The People Who Discovered Columbus: The Prehistory of the Bahamas
This subseries is named for the archaeological site of Meillac in Haiti (Rouse 1939). 800 and 1200 (Rouse and Allaire 1978). The Development of the Tainos in the Greater Antilles The expansion of the Island Arawaks through the Antilles can be viewed as a series of waves whose rate of advance increased every time a frontier was breached. Finally, the distribution of Meillacan subseries pottery in Jamaica and central Cuba reflects expansion over 300 kilometers (180 miles) in less than 100 years.
4. Ecological subareas as defined by rainfall isohyets. Rainfall and potential evapotranspiration are approximately equal. 1977: chapter 4). The land was planted in sugar cane and produced 19,000 tons of raw sugar in its second year (Albury 1975:253–254). 11 Nassau Exuma Long I. Cat I. Andros Source: Saunders 1983:4–5. Note: Loyalists also settled on Eleuthera, Crooked Island, Abaco, the Caicos, and Grand Turk, but figures are not available. " B = land cleared before 1788. N = land cleared after 1788.
Doran (1955) reports that tropical storms occur at an average of about one every four years. In fact, the removal of trees increased the air flow above the salt pans, which increased the rate of evaporation. The second effect is the cooling of the leaf by the removal of radiant heat. Groundwater levels were probably significantly higher prior to human colonization. The dissection of this lagoon reflects modern construction activities and increased aridity from land clearance. Deforestation reverses those processes and exposes the soil to direct insolation and rainfall that further reduce the amounts and availability of plant nutrients (Roosevelt 1980).
The People Who Discovered Columbus: The Prehistory of the Bahamas by William F. Keegan