First Mass at La Isabela, January 6, 1494

On this date 525 years ago, Columbus and those who sailed on his second voyage (an estimated 1,200–1,500 persons) celebrated their first mass at the settlement he established on “Española’s” central northern coast (in the modern Dominican Republic) and named La...

Origin

Best wishes on Indigenous Peoples’ Day! I post to recount the Taínos’ belief about their origin. The fifteenth-century religion of many Taínos held that, in the beginning, mankind had lived in caves located at the center of the world in mountains in the island of the...

Updated Website!

Welcome to the updated website! I’m now researching Encounters Unforeseen’s sequel, which will chronicle the lives of the same Taíno and European protagonists from September 1493 to 1498, the period of the Taíno chieftains’ resistance to subjugation during and after...