First generation of Europeans and indigenous people of Americas shared some time together
A network of caves’ limestone walls present in Mona Island in the Caribbean has the proof that the earliest generations of Europeans engaged into religious dialogue to cross the Atlantic and live in the ‘New World’ and with the native people of the Americas with who they met there.
Headed by London’s British Museum curator Jago Cooper, an archaeologist at the University of Leicester, a team of researchers spent years exploring the subterranean artwork at Mona Island. Mona Island is the Puerto Rican archipelago’s third-biggest island and a significant halt on the sailing routes from Europe to America. The researchers discovered many signatures and inscriptions by Europeans like Christian iconography and spiritual phrases in Latin and Spanish.
On coming across such etchings, the archaeologists though that they were the leftovers of a Colonial-era religious dialogue, as Native Americans and Europeans came to know about one another.
Dr. Cooper said it is evidence that the first generation of people in Europe were been into caves and got exposed to a native world view.
A thing that makes the discovery so superb for researchers is that the proof suggested that Europeans hadn’t come across such caves incidentally. Thinking how difficult it might have been to access such caves at that time, the sole way Europeans may have found that location was in case the Natives led them there.
Dr. Cooper added, “What we're seeing here is a dichotomy between two very different sets of art. The later set is definitely drawn by Europeans who are having a reaction to, and a dialog with, the indigenous art”.
There are many phrases in cave pointing towards this direction: ‘dios te perdone’ (‘may God forgive you’) and ‘Plura fecit deus’ (‘God made many things’), which as per the researchers expressed the New World discovery’s theological crisis.
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