Chapter ID: CBB960739614

Santa María de la Antigua del Darién: the Aftermath of Colonial Settlement (2019)


Alberto Sarcina (Author)

Pages: 175-196
Publication date: 2019
Language: English

What kind of relationships were created between the indigenous people of the western region of the Gulf of Urabá, Colombia, and the Spaniards in the early years of the conquest? What happened in Santa Maria de la Antigua del Darién, the first European city founded on the American mainland, in the course of its short history, and immediately after its abandonment (1510–1524)? We have a number of clues that can be drawn from contemporary historical sources (Oviedo), sources immediately following the abandonment of Santa Maria (the reports of the travels of Julian Gutiérrez) and archaeological investigations now in progress in the area of the city. This paper will offer new reflections on these questions, on the basis of archaeological data obtained during the 2014–2016 excavations directed by the author. These findings include ritual caches dated to the phase of the city’s abandonment; “contact” pottery from the Basurero Norte area; and, “Trench F”, a possible house inhabited by indigenous servants (naborías).

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Corinne L. Hofman
Sheptak, Russell N.
Keehnen, Floris W.M.
Joyce, Rosemary A.
Rappaport, Joanne
Brendan J. M. Weaver
Historical Archaeology
International Journal of Historical Archaeology
University of New Mexico Press
Duke University Press
Historical archaeology
Spain, colonies
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Indigenous peoples
Material culture
Mayan civilization
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
15th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
Florida (U.S.)
Latin America
North America
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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