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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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La Isabela's Building

La Isabela's Building

(p.97) 6 La Isabela's Building
Archaeology at La Isabela

Kathleen Deagan

José María Cruxent

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the various aspects of the Isabela's buildings, which are the only surviving remnants of fifteenth-century European architecture in the Americas, and reflect the traditions and techniques familiar to the masons, carpenters, and craftsmen who accompanied the expedition. These traditions derived largely from fifteenth-century Andalusia, with its blend of Roman, Iberian, and Muslim influences, but were obviously influenced by local materials. Footprints have survived only for the masonry structures at the site, and five of these—which include the alhóndiga storehouse, the church, the house of Columbus, the powder house, and a watchtower—have been located and excavated. The in-situ masonry architectural remains at La Isabela have been cleaned, stabilized, and given conservation treatment by technicians of the Agéncia Española de Cooperación International.

Keywords:   La Isabela, La Isabela's buildings, European architecture, expedition, storehouse

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