Christopher Columbus, New Seville And The Taino Village Of Maima In Jamaica


Stranded in Jamaica for a year in 1503/1504, Christopher Columbus and crew became reliant on the Taino village of Maima for provisions.   Knowledge of this and other Taino villages on the Jamaican north coast near present day St Anns Bay led to the establishment of New Seville, a 1509 Spanish colony.  With introduced disease, Spanish/Taino conflict and forced labour under encomienda, Taino peoples were all but annihilated by 1534 when New Seville was abandoned. Recent archaeological survey and excavations at a late period Taino village site adjacent to New Seville has recovered a small assemblage of 15th/16th century Spanish artifacts from within house floor occupation deposits.  We identify this village as Maima based on village location, village size and Spanish/Taino interactions as reflected in recovered archaeological materials.

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Christopher Columbus, New Seville And The Taino Village Of Maima In Jamaica. David Burley, Robyn P Woodward, Shea Henry, Ivor Conolley. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434850)

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Columbus Interaction Taino

Geographic Keywords
Canada North America

Temporal Keywords
1503-1540 AD

Spatial Coverage

min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 497