Brief history of Tainos in Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has many protected areas that preserve some of the now extinct culture of the Taíno people. Let us introduce a brief description of their ways.

The Taíno were the indigenous people of the Caribbean and Florida. At the time of European contact in the late 15th century, they were the principal inhabitants of most of Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.

Taíno society was governed by male chiefs known as caciques, who were advised by priests/healers known as bohiques. The Taíno women were highly skilled in agriculture. The people depended on it, but the men also fished and hunted. They made fishing nets and ropes from cotton and palm.

photo via wikipedia
Throughout the island we can find now protected archaeological sights that are marked with Taíno history through carvings on stone and pictographs. One of this places is Los Haitises National Park. Its geography consists of a limestone karst plateau with conical hills, sinkholes and caverns, and there is a large area of mangrove forest on the coast.

photo via http://www.rupestreweb.info
Many of the paintings found in the caves of this natural reserve depict animals found on the surroundings. Most of this animals interact with each other on the paintings and some are extinct, like the “silent dog” (perro mudo), found before the European colonization.
If you visit the Dominican Republic, don’t miss the opportunity of taking a tour that will guide you through the history of the island.

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