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Key to the New WorldA History of Early Colonial Cuba$
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Luis Martínez-Fernández

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400325

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400325.001.0001

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Indigenous Inhabitants

Indigenous Inhabitants

(p.23) 2 Indigenous Inhabitants
Key to the New World

Luis Martínez-Fernández

University Press of Florida

This chapter offers a dynamic overview of pre-Columbian Cuba that reflects the most recent scholarship and archaeological research. It discusses different theories about the island’s initial peopling, subsequent migrations, and interactions among indigenous inhabitants of Cuba and other parts of the circum-Caribbean. It seeks to facilitate an understanding of the many overlapping (often bewildering) categorizations and terminologies that have been used to classify different indigenous groups, including Palaeolithic and Neolithic levels of development; and Casimiroid, Ostionoid and related classifications. It concludes with an overview of pre-Columbian Tainos’ society, religion, and agriculture.

Keywords:   Tainos, Pre-Columbian, Archaeology, Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Indigenous Inhabitants, Ostionoid, Casimiroid

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