By D. H. Figueredo, Frank Argote-Freyre
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However, some were suspicious when Columbus wanted to employ them as translators. The 4 PRE-COLUMBIAN INHABITANTS admiral wrote to the Spanish monarch: “I took by force some of them in order that they might learn [Spanish]. . I still have them with me” (Morison, 184). It was the beginning of a process whereby Columbus and those who followed took who and what they wanted from the Caribbean, without the permission of those already there. Traditions, Customs, and Myths The Tainos saw the world as consisting of good and evil.
Cuba became Juana, Quisqueya became Hispaniola, Borinquén became San Juan Bautista, and so on. This ritual of possession was repeated on each new island Columbus approached, and it was always conducted without the participation of the inhabitants. In giving the islands names in a European language and in assuming that the islands were nameless to begin with, the admiral adopted a position of power—the master over the nameless subject. This became a model used by other Spanish explorers such as Hernán Cortés, and in the next two centuries by explorers from other European powers such as Great Britain and France.
There, the seedling is buried just a few inches into the dirt with enough space to allow the root to stretch out sideways. Sometimes, a small pile of soil, shaped into a cone, was used for planting. The conuco system did not need much water and much soil, and thus it could be planted near a beach and on the side of a hill or a mountain. The yuca plant sprouted long, thick, angular leaves that could survive the strongest of winds. The system is still in use today. In Cuba, small farms devoted to genetic planting, protected by the government, are called conucos; home gardens in small apartments are also often described as conucos.
A Brief History of the Caribbean (Brief History) by D. H. Figueredo, Frank Argote-Freyre