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Archaeology at La IsabelaAmerica's First European Town$
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Kathleen Deagan and Jose Maria Cruxent

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090413

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090413.001.0001

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The Geographical and Cultural Landscape of Columbus's Colony

The Geographical and Cultural Landscape of Columbus's Colony

(p.47) 3 The Geographical and Cultural Landscape of Columbus's Colony
Archaeology at La Isabela

Kathleen Deagan

José María Cruxent

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the geographical and cultural landscape of La Isabela. The Bay of Isabela is exceptionally lovely but it is not well protected. It is open to the south and west and is sheltered only on the east, by Cape Isabela. There are many better-protected bays within a day's sail. As La Isabela is located on the leeward side of the coastal mountain range, it is arid and scrubby, and the soils overlying the lime-stone base of the site are very thin and rocky. The site did have certain advantages, however, including an unusual, high, flat rock promontory almost surrounded by water. There were ravines and deep estuaries on each side of the rock, and it rose straight up from the sea to a height of nearly four meters.

Keywords:   La Isabela, Cape Isabela, Columbus, Bay of Isabela

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