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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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Soldiers and Horsemen at La Isabela

Soldiers and Horsemen at La Isabela

(p.225) 9 Soldiers and Horsemen at La Isabela
Archaeology at La Isabela

Kathleen Deagan

José María Cruxent

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the soldiers and horsemen at La Isabela. La Isabela was an essentially economic venture and defense was a paramount concern, and the military flavor of the settlement was socially and materially pronounced. The heritage of the reconquista and the large number of hidalgos and soldiers of fortune accompanying the expedition made this inevitable. Most of the men bore arms. The community boasted the full range of military technology available at the end of the fifteenth century, including firearms, artillery, crossbows, edged weapons, armor, pole arms, and horses. Arms armor and horses were not only essential for defense and aggression but were also imbued with important social meaning in fifteenth-century Spain. Only one remnant of a hand-held gun from La Isabela can be confidently identified. A fragment of the breech end of a small bronze octagonal hacabuche was also collected there.

Keywords:   La Isabela, soldiers, horsemen, defense, arms

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