Exploring a Cave with Pictographs Dating to the Early Sixteenth Century

Jose Maria Cave

East National Park

Dominican Republic

John W. Foster and Steve James look at a pictographic scene of a Taino tribute to the Spaniards.

In one of the interior chambers of a cave found in the East National Park of Dominican Republic, Archaeologist John W. Foster and Nautical Archaeologist Steve James look at a limestone wall containing an early tribute to the Spanish Conquest dating nearly 500 years ago. These paintings and other artifacts, found within the East National Park, are believed to have been created by the Taino Indians that were once native to Dominican Republic, but have long since vanished. It is sites like this that aid in further understanding the full range of the Spanish Conquest.
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Last updated: 9 October 1996
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