Searching for the long-lost ‘Indios’ in Cuba’s cultural-genetic amalgam

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This paper discusses old and new ideas about the origins and migration routes of Cuba’s pre-Columbian inhabitants as well as their fate after European contact. The deep-rooted and widespread notion that the Indocubans and their culture were obliterated by disease, mistreat, and the overwhelming influx of European settlers and African slaves is shown to be fallacious on the basis of surviving ethnohistorical data, official documents, and recent DNA research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMoving northward : Professor Volker Heyd's Festschrift as he turns 60
EditorsAntti Lahelma, Mika Lavento, Kristiina Mannermaa, Marja Ahola, Elisabeth Holmqvist, Kerkko Nordqvist
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherArchaeological Society of Finland
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-952-69942-3-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-69942-4-6
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameMonographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland
PublisherThe Archaeological Society of Finland
ISSN (Print)1799-862X
ISSN (Electronic)1799-8611

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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