How about some history. Puerto Ricans have three distinct descendants. Taino, African, and Spanish.
It is said that my grandfather from my fathers side (Lopez Torres) was a direct descendant of the Ancient Taino Indians of Puerto Rico.
Supposedly his wife (Surname Negron) was of Spanish decent from a well to do family. It is claimed that she was disowned for marrying my grandfather.
My mothers side was Lopez as well. Her Mom was a Zayas. The Lopez’s in her family came from Spain. The Zayas were from Europe, but it is unclear which part.
This means that in a Latin country my surname would be Lopez Lopez.
HOW MANY TAÍNOS INDIANS WERE IN PUERTO RICO
There is not even approximate number. There are historians who speak of 30 or 60 thousand and 300 or 600 thousand. We do not know but many think that the more real number could be 100,000 (which for the time, it was a considerable number).
WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM?
KNOW THE DESTINATIONS OF TAINOS Boriken
.1 Some were enslaved and killed by the Spanish conquerors.
.2 Others, assimilated into Spanish society on the island.
.3 Some fled and settled in the Lesser Antilles, being diluted over time from other cultures.
.4 Both slaves and then free, the Tainos sought refuge in the Central Cordillera, (central ridge mountains) this was the only group that managed to survive PURE FOR 3 CENTURIES. In the census of 1800 about 2,300 people appear in this region identified as pure Indians.
.5 But the vast majority of our Taino Indians died SICK. Europeans unknowingly brought a number of diseases for which the natives of the Americas did NOT have defenses, they were not immune.
In the specific case of Puerto Rico, they suffered several epidemics but a “historic” epidemic was the smallpox in 1518, which was terrible for them, killing 2/3 (two thirds) parts of the Taino population.
“LEARNING CAN BE BENEFICIAL TO YOUR HEALTH”
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