In our last post we focused on Taino Day, which was observed on May 5, 2010. Today I want to close the look back at the Tainos with a historical documentary tour of the Taino-Spanish encounter in May 1494. Today we have an eyewitness account of this encounter from Señor Andrés Bernáldez. So sit back and relax as Señor Bernáldez takes us back to those early days of the Jamaican Taino-Spanish encounter.
Columbus was first introduced to Jamaica’s existence during his first voyage when he made his first landing on the island of Hispaniola. It was on his second voyage that he came across Jamaica, on Monday, May 5, 1494.
Jamaican Echoes presents a transcription of the Articles of Agreement Between the Sovereigns of Spain and Christopher Columbus, dated April 17, 1492, found in E.G. Bourne’s The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot (1906). This is the first in our series of posts featuring transcriptions of historical documents that provide evidence of the root of Jamaica’s historical echoes. Photos of the actual documents will be provided where these can be found.