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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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Summary and Conclusions

Summary and Conclusions

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Archaeology of Early Colonial Interaction at El Chorro de Maíta, Cuba

Roberto Valcárcel Rojas

University Press of Florida

Chapter 9 summarizes the information presented in the previous chapters. It concludes that El Chorro de Maíta in its final existence was a town of Indian encomendados inserted into the regional scheme of colonial exploitation in northeastern Cuba. In this settlement the process of interaction was organized to function according to the plan of Spanish domination, although the indigenous population maneuvered to maintain the necessities for their survival and followed diverse practices and interests. It insists on the importance of the study of Spanish/indigenous interaction as a specific topic that is given value through methodological resources and suitable concepts. In this regard, it notes the importance of archaeological research at sites to really understand the colonial existence and the leadership in it of stakeholders, like the Indio, that traditional history underestimates or ignores.

Keywords:   Encomienda, northeastern Cuba, Spanish/indigenous interaction, El Chorro de Maíta, Domination

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