The Tainos: Rise and Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus

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Tells the story of the Taino people from their ancestral days in South America through their migration to the northern Caribbean islands where they were the first natives to interact with Columbus, to their rapid and immediate decline under the European gifts of forced labor, malnutrition, disease, and dispersal. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300056969
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 450,916
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Ch. I Introduction
The Natural Setting 1
The Tainos 5
Neighboring Ethnic Groups 19
Conclusions 23
Ch. II The Ancestries of the Tainos 26
Cultural Ancestry 30
Linguistic Ancestry 37
Biological Ancestry 42
Conclusions 45
Ch. III The Peopling of the West Indies 49
The Casimiroid Peoples, 4000-400 B.C. 51
The Ortoiroid Peoples, 2000-400 B.C. 62
The Ortoiroid-Casimiroid Frontier, 1000-400 B.C. 67
Conclusions 69
Ch. IV The First Repeopling 71
The Saladoid Peoples, 2000 B.C.-600 A.D. 74
The Saladoid-Casimiroid Frontier, 200 B.C.-600 A.D. 90
The Western Ostionoid Peoples, 600-1500 92
Conclusions 101
Ch. V The Emergence of the Tainos 105
The Central Ostionoid Peoples, 600-1500 109
The Eastern Ostionoid Peoples, 600-1640 123
Beyond the Eastern Frontier, 600-1640 127
Conclusions 133
Ch. VI The Second Repeopling 138
The Voyages of Columbus, 1492-1504 139
Conquest, 1494-1797 150
Survival and Revival, 1524 On 161
Conclusions 164
Epilogue: The Tainos' Role in the Columbian Exchange 169
Biological Traits 169
Cultural Traits 170
Linguistic Traits 171
Conclusions 171
Glossary 173
References 187
Index 203
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