Mrs. Murray’s 4th Grade eMINTS Classroom
The Taino were people who lived throughout the Caribbean, including countries now called Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. When European explorers started arriving in the Caribbean in 1492, the lives of the Taino were changed forever. Explorers took their land. Many of the Taino were killed. By the 1520s very little was left of the Taino civilization except some artifacts and a few words. Hurricane, barbecue, and canoe are Taino words we still use today.
The Spanish explored Mexico and Peru in the 1500s. They looted the lands they explored and filled their ships to the brim with gold and treasure. The jewels they carried back to Spain were the most beautiful in the world.
Because of their valuable cargo, the treasure ships were prey for pirates. The ships usually traveled a rout that took them through a stretch of water called “The Spanish Main.” Some pirates claimed to have captured hundreds of treasure ships there.
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