Cover

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Contents

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Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

Five hundred years ago, the island of Hispaniola was the setting for one of the most dramatic encounters in human history. After tens of millennia of virtually total separation, the peoples of the New World and Old World began the process of mutual rediscovery. In the Caribbean, the newly expansionist European nationstates encountered the...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-34

In the autumn of 1492 a Genoese merchant captain and ninety sailors attempted to find a more profitable route to Japan by sailing west across the Atlantic. The expedition was financed by the royal courts of Castille and Aragon, and to a large extent by the participants in the voyage. They all hoped to amass the kinds of...

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2. The First Spanish Voyage to the New World

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pp. 35-73

In the fifteenth century, Seville and Lisbon emerged as centers for merchants and traders trying to extend Europe's long-range trade routes in new and more profitable directions. The traditional eastern orientation of Mediterranean businessmen was threatened by increasing pressure on the spice roads by the Turks. At the...

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3. The Vega Real

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pp. 74-110

In the years 1494 to 1498 a conjunction of events brought about the destruction of the indigenous sociopolitical system of Hispaniola. During this period there was dissention and warfare among factions of the Spanish forces, coupled with despair of adequate support or assistance from Spain. Anticipated profits from...

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4. The Adelantado's Visit to Xaragu

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pp. 111-134

The ethnohistorical accounts of the visit of Col

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5. Conclusions

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pp. 135-142

From 1492 into the 1520s, Hispaniola was the scene of one of the most dramatic encounters in human history. Two human groups that had been separated by tens of millennia-since Upper Palaeolithic people crossed the Bering land bridge and colonized the New World-rediscovered each other through the voyages of...

Bibliography

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pp. 143-163

Index

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pp. 165-170