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.
Today, Wednesday, May 5, 2010, is being observed as Taino Day in Jamaica, a day to celebrate the lives of the Tainos as the first Jamaicans.
The Tainos were the first inhabitants of Jamaica, a country they called Xaymaca. Researchers have found that Jamaica was one of the most populated Taino countries in the Caribbean when Columbus arrived.