Brief history of Taino in Dominican Republic

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

The Taino 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.

Taino society was governed by male chiefs known as caciques, who were advised by priests/healers known as bohiques. Taino women were highly skilled in agriculture as most of the people on the villages depended on it. The men made fishing nets and ropes from cotton and palm that were later used for fishing and hunting.

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Throughout the island we can now find protected archaeological sights that are marked with Taino history through carvings on stone and pictographs. One of this places is Los Haitises National Park. It’s 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.

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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. Some are now extinct, like the “silent dog”, found before the European colonization.

When you visit the Dominican Republic, you’ll have the opportunity of taking a tour that will guide you through the history of this caves and our beautiful island.