Who doesn’t love a good factoid? Here are some of our favorites about the Taino Indians, the native population found in Puerto Rico. If we missed Taino fact please comment and let us know!
- Back in the day before the Caribbean islands were discovered, men sailed the seas in great discomfort. When they slept, they did so on the floors of their ships. Beds and hammocks were not known then. Here they are, bodies aching and sore, only to see the Taino Indians, relaxed, in a netting bed floating above the ground. Have you ever thrown yourself in a Hammock? If you have, congratulations! You have partaken of a Taino innovation.
- We can thank the original Taino inhabitants for words like hurricane (Huracán) and barbecue (Barbacoa).
- Puerto Ricans often call the island Borinquen, from Taino word Borikén, which means “Land of the Valiant Lord”.
- It was thought that the Taino Indians were exterminated in Puerto Rico, but later DNA studies found that they hid in mountains and later melted into the population. Mostly through matrilineal DNA.