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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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Living in Bohíos

Living in Bohíos

Domestic Life at La Isabela

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Archaeology at La Isabela

Kathleen Deagan

José María Cruxent

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the various facets of domestic life at La Isabela. La Isabela was dramatically different from other late fifteenth-century European towns in many ways. The population was virtually all male and was located in an utterly isolated and essentially alien place at the edge of the Spaniards' known world. It nevertheless contained a community of people who faced most of the concerns common to households and communities everywhere, which includes household organization, health and sanitation, religious life, personal appearance, social hierarchy, leisure activities, and personal economy. The absence of women undoubtedly shaped domestic life in a dramatic way and the men who formed the households of the town still had to provide for food, clothing, lighting, sanitation, and other domestic necessities.

Keywords:   La Isabela, domestic life, household, clothing, sanitation, religious life, social hierarchy, leisure activities, personal economy

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