A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
The Indians who welcomed Christopher Columbus to the island of Hispaniola have become known as the Taíno, after a word that meant "good" or "noble" in their own language. Columbus wrote of them that there were "in all the world no better people." Despite his words of admiration, relations between Europeans and Indians soon deteriorated, and by 1525 the Taíno had been wiped out by disease and warfare. New investigations at a large Columbus-period Taíno settlement and a number of caves with rock art and evidence of habitation are expected to add significantly to our understanding of this extinct culture.