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The Taínos of the Caribbean in the Age of the First European Conquest Online Presentation

October 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

As we recognize the final weekend of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us in welcoming Dr. Mary Ann Mahony, Professor of Latin American History at CCSU, for an online presentation on the Taínos – the indigenous people of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. In other words, the Taínos were the people who “met Columbus,” in the words of archaeologist Irving Rouse. Dr. Mahony will review what is known about the Island communities at the time of first contact and carry the story through the Taíno revolts of 1511-12, reviewing both repression and resistance. This presentation will allow for a more informed debate about the question of whether Christopher Columbus and his followers were heroes or villains and whether or not the “discovery” of “America” constituted a genocide.

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October 11, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Online Event


The Institute for American Indian Studies
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