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Archaeology of Early Colonial Interaction at El Chorro de Maíta, Cuba$
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Roberto Valcárcel Rojas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061566

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061566.001.0001

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The Spanish Colonization

(p.47) 3 Cuba
Archaeology of Early Colonial Interaction at El Chorro de Maíta, Cuba

Roberto Valcárcel Rojas

University Press of Florida

Chapter 3 presents the characteristics of the indigenous societies that inhabited Cuba at the moment of the arrival of the Spanish, linked to a large degree by the name “Taíno Culture” in the Greater Antilles by Chican and Meillacan ceramic styles. It describes the process of Spanish discovery and conquest on the island and the accelerated destruction of the indigenous society despite a continued action of resistance. However, the Indios, as a component of the colonial society, were present in diverse parts of the island for centuries, particularly in eastern Cuba, where even today remnants of this population are encountered. The indigenous legacy is marked by diverse cultural elements and includes genetic contributions to the Cuban population.

Keywords:   Taíno, Meillacan ceramic, Conquest, survival

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