Jose Maria Cave
La Cueva de "José Maria"
The Jose Maria Cave in the East National Park contains over 1,200 Taino
paintings. Mythological and cosmological events are depicted, as well as
animals and plants. In the furthest reaches of the limestone cavern is a
painted panel thought to record the terms of a treaty signed by the Taino
chief Cotubanama in 1503. In it he agreed to provide bread for the
Spaniards in return for peace. A caravel called at Saona Island to pick up
the bread. This provides a native counterpoint to the description of
events from Bartolome de las Casas in the Sixteenth Century.
Last updated: 4 April 1997
Comments:Underwater Science Program
Copyright 1996, The
Trustees of Indiana University.