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Taíno by José Barreiro

Taíno by José Barreiro

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The story of what really happened when Columbus arrived in the "New World," as told by the Taíno people who were impacted.

In 1532, an elderly Taíno man named Guaikan sits down to write his story--an in-depth account of what happened when Columbus landed on Caribbean shores in 1492. As a boy, Guaikan was adopted by Columbus, uniquely positioning him to tell the story of Columbus's "discovery," directing our gaze where it rightfully belongs--on the Indegenous people for whom this land had long been home.

Revised and updated by author José Barreiro (himself a descendent of the Taíno people) with new information and a new introduction, this richly imagined novel updates Guaikan's carefully crafted narrative, chronicling what happened to the Taíno people when Columbus arrived and how their lives and culture were ruptured. Through Guaikan's story, Barreiro penetrates the veil that still clouds the "discovery" of the Americas and in turn gives readers a much-needed glimpse into what really happened in 1492 and its continued impact on our world today.

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