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The people who discovered Columbus : the prehistory of the Bahamas

Author: William F Keegan; Jay I. Kislak Reference Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1992.
Series: Columbus quincentenary series.; Ripley P. Bullen series.
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For the Lucayan Tainos of the Caribbean, the year 1492 marked the beginning of the end: the first people contacted by Christopher Columbus were the first extinguished. Within thirty years, a population of perhaps 80,000 had declined to, at most, a few refugees. Clearing new ground in the study of prehistoric societies, William Keegan argues that a different perspective on the past provides an accurate portrait of a
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William F Keegan; Jay I. Kislak Reference Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 081301137X 9780813011370
OCLC Number: 25317702
Description: xx, 279 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Before the Beginning: Native Peoples of the West Indies --
2. Introduction to the Geology, Geography, Climate, and Ecology of the Pre-Columbian Bahamas --
3. The Taino Colonization of the Bahamas --
4. Settlement and Settlers: Lucayan Settlement Patterns --
5. Honor Thy Mother's Brother: Lucayan Social and Political Organization --
6. Diet for a Small Island: Lucayan Subsistence Economy --
7. Population and Procreation: Lucayan Demography --
8. Christopher Columbus and the City of Gold --
9. Las Islas de Lucayos, 1499-1520 --
10. After the End: Reflections on a Paleoethnography.
Series Title: Columbus quincentenary series.; Ripley P. Bullen series.
Responsibility: William F. Keegan.
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Keegan terms his approach to aboriginal anthropology "palaeoethnography", developing a portrait of the past by linking archaeological field data and historical documents. The result is an overview of  Read more...

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