Creating the Guanahatabey (Ciboney): the modern genesis of an extinct culture

Keegan, William F.
June 1989
Antiquity;Jun89, Vol. 63 Issue 239, p373
Academic Journal
It is common knowledge that the West Indies were inhabited by three cultures at the time of European contact -- the Island Caribs, the Tainos and the Ciboney -- identified largely from the accounts of Spanish and French explorers and chroniclers. Is this knowledge accurate? This evaluation of evidence for the Gaanahatabey ('Ciboney') of western Cuba and southwestern Haiti finds they did not survive until the time of European contact.


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