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Columbus's Outpost among the Tainos: Spain and America at La Isabela, 1493-1498

Kathleen Deagan and Jose Maria Cruxent


In 1493, Christopher Columbus led a fleet of 17 ships and more than 1200 men to found a royal trading colony in America. Columbus had high hopes for his settlement, which he named La Isabela after the queen of Spain, but just five years later it was in ruins. It remains important, however, as the first site of European settlement in America and the first place of sustained interaction between Europeans and the indigenous Tainos. This book tells the story of this historic enterprise. Drawing on a ten-year archaeological investigation of the site of La Isabela, along with research into Columbus- ... More

Keywords: Christopher Columbus, La Isabela, America, Europe, Tainos, American life, colonization, American colonialism, Euro-American cultural identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300090406
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300090406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Deagan, author

Jose Maria Cruxent, author