When Christopher Columbus sailed off to the ‘New World,’ as he called it, he claimed there were tribes of cannibals in the area. However, the claims were a bit peculiar, and because of the lack of evidence, they were never considered.
Now, some new archaeological evidence might suggest that the claim could have been true, as a matter of fact. Back in 1492, when Columbus and his crew put their feet on the New World, now known as America, they allegedly found some small islands, now known as the Caribbean.
When there, the Italian sailor claimed they had encountered a cannibalistic tribe known as Isla Canibas in the Bahamas.
According to the tale, these Caniba were attacking the native Americans; soon after, Columbus’ successors changed the name of these people to Cariba.
Even so, there has never been any evidence whatsoever that the people living in the Caribbean islands were cannibals, but a new study now allegedly claims Columbus’s tale could have been true.
The Caribbean Islands Were Inhabited from 1000 AD
By assaying over 100 skulls from the Caribbean islands, dated between the years of 800 and 1542, scientists now claim that the islands were indeed populated at that time.
Study co-author William Keegan, the curator of Caribbean archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said: “I’ve spent years trying to prove Columbus wrong when he was right: There were Caribs in the northern Caribbean when he arrived.”
The research also seemed to reveal the fact that the native Caribbean people did not arrive on the islands from Cuba, as scientists earlier believed, but actually, they came from the northwest Amazon.
It is thought that they initially arrived in Hispaniola in 800 AD, then to Jamaica before ultimately getting to the Bahamas in 1000, which means they were well established in the region by the time Columbus got there.
Ann Ross, a professor of biological sciences at North Carolina State University and the study’s senior author, said: “I had been stumped for years because I didn’t have this Bahamian component. Those remains were so key. This will change the perspective on the people and peopling of the Caribbean.”