The retrospective history
of Cubanacan (Native Cuba)

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Archeological artifacts found in Villa Clara
Radio Havana Cuba, 23 April 2002. Stone tools dating from the Early European Paleolithic period have been found in Villa Clara, central Cuba. Evidence collected some years ago in the northern region of Mayari and Levisa in Holguin, located in eastern Cuba, proved that human settlements began in Cuba about 10,000 years ago.
Cuban Site Casts Light on an Extinct People
By Anthony DePalma, The New York Times, 5 July 1998. Work in the Taino culture did not really begin until the 1950's, but was immediately disrupted by the Revolution. But a leading Canadian archeologist investigated a site that is now significantly expanding what is known. A remarkable underwater site in Punta Alegre, may be the first nearly complete piece of Taino architecture, a community building of wood and thatch, more than 60 feet in diameter, that stood on the northern coast of Cuba's central Ciego de Avila province 500 to 700 years ago.
Archaeologists Find Biggest Taino Settlement
IPS, 27 June 2001. A team of Cuban and Canadian archaeologists have found more than 1,000 artifacts at the Los Buchillonesa site located 460 kms east of Havana, presumed to be one of the biggest Caribbean settlements of the Taino, an Amerindian people who had attained a relatively advanced level of development at the time of the Spanish conquest. A pottery-making farming people lived in that area from approximately 1220 to 1620.
Hatuey y Guarina
From Ramon Rivera, cultural-affairs@TAINO-TRIBE.ORG, 1 July 2001. The story of Hatuey's execution, recorded by Bartolomo de Las Casas, is still told to children in eastern Cuba. Here is a poem (in Spanish) written by Juan Cristobal Napoles Fajardo (El Cucalamb) (El Cubalambe') in the 19th century.