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The objective of the game was to keep the ball from falling to the ground; however, hands could not be used to achieve this objective. The team that let the ball fall lost the game. These ball games provided an opportunity for cultural exchange between different villages. Men and women played, although on segregated teams of between 10 and 30 players. Languages The language spoken by the Tainos is related to Arawak languages in use today in some regions of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers in South America.
These were military traits that made the Spanish successful during the reconquest of Iberia in 1492 and were highly esteemed by the Spanish king and queen. For Ovando, pacification of the Tainos did not mean the use of diplomacy, but the elimination of a perceived enemy. From 1502 to 1504, the 2,500 soldiers and settlers who traveled to Hispaniola with Ovando conducted at least three major campaigns that resulted in the virtual destruction of Taino civilization on that island. The tactics used included outright lying and treachery, as demonstrated in Ovando’s treatment of the Taino princess Anacaona.
Williams, 24). The characteristics of the conquistadores were soon clear to the Tainos: audacious, ruthless, and violent. Their professed interest in converting them to Christianity was overshadowed by their gold lust and their need for a labor force. They were capable of virtually any 23 A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CARIBBEAN Spanish conquistador aiming a harquebus, late 1500s (North Wind Archives) atrocity if it furthered their aims. To deal with the invaders, the Tainos had limited choices: They could fight or avoid the invaders by escaping into the mountains.
A Brief History of the Caribbean (Brief History) by D. H. Figueredo, Frank Argote-Freyre