La Isabela: The First European Town in the New World

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B. Chiarelli


Contact with the researchers from the ‘Museo del Hombre Dominicano’ in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) started in 1977-8, to discuss a tentative project, an ex-hibition about the Taino people, to be held in Santo Domingo. The Zemi from Turin and some other findings from the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology in Florence, and from L. Pigorini Musum in Rome were to have been displayed. However, for reasons connected to political changes in the Dominican Republic, the exhibition did not take place. Nevertheless, in 1984, I was invited to Santo Domingo by the Dominican govern-ment.In the following year (1985), the Italian Foreign office financed a preliminary ex-pedition to the ‘Castillo de la Isabela’, on the north coast of the island, where Columbus founded his first town. A historic-archaeological survey was planned and the project was to coincide with the celebration of the quincentenary of the discovery of America. An agreement was reached to this purpose with Dr Elpidio Ortega, at that time Director of the ‘Museo del Hombre Dominicano’.

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Chiarelli, B. (2022). La Isabela: The First European Town in the New World. Human Evolution , 37(1-2), 89-93.