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  • The Taino people were a peaceful group from The Caribbean. They lived among each other in harmony and were very happy. 
  • One day in 1492, Christopher Columbus and his crew landed in the Bahamas. The Taino were very excited about their arrival. 
  • The Taino were very glad to engage with the Spaniards. As Columbus wrote in his journal, "They traded with us and gave us everything they had, with good will, they took great delight in pleasing us. They are very gentle and without knowledge of what is evil; nor do they murder or steal. Your highness may believe that in all the world there can be no better people. They love their neighbours as themselves, and they have the sweetest talk in the world, and are gentle and always laughing.
  • Over time, the Spaniards became rather demanding of the Taino. For example, he started demanding a tribute from every person over 14 years old. He told them to bring him gold, but if they were low on gold, they ere to bring cotton every month. If they failed they were to have their hands cut off and were left to bleed out.
  • In 1511, the Taino gathered together with other tribes to try and out the Spaniards, but failed. 
  • By 1520, there were nearly no Taino people left. They all had contracted European diseases or died from famine or war. 
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