Agricultural Societies in the Caribbean: The Greater Antilles, and the Bahamas
Though it is not the specific subject of the present chapter, before we can talk about the agricultural societies of the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas we must pause to reiterate a few brief comments regarding the first Archaic settlers of the Antillean archipelago as a whole. As noted in earlier chapters, the pattern of characteristics presented by available archaeological materials suggests that there were two distinct Archaic migratory routes into the Antilles: one beginning in what is today Florida and coming down through the islands and keys of the Bahamas; and another beginning on the northern coast of South America. It was this latter migration that made early incursions into the Leeward and Windward Islands.
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