Puerto Rico

The World’s Children Speak of Peace

Is it not worth working for

Children know that peace comes from the heart; it lives in the way we see others; it survives in the respect we show our neighbors every day.  They also know, often better than adults, that today’s world is a global village and that we are all neighbors.

Kofi A. Annan

If you have a friend and that friend gets more friends
And those friends get still more friends, together we make

Runanskolan, Sollentuna, Sweden

Indigenuous Resistance: South

Hispaniola, 1494: First Resistance

It takes only a few months for the Tainos to realize the real intentions of the Spaniards.  The Spaniards demand more and more women, some taking as many as five apiece.  They keep asking for gold.  when the Santa Maria runs aground, they build a fort, La Navidad.  Spanish cruelty and terror continue until a local cacique named Caonabo can take it no longer.  He and his followers kill all the Spaniards and destroy the fort.  Continuing to fight, he organizes the first guerrilla war against the invaders.

Other resistance leaders follow him: Guaynabo and Otoao in Puerto Rico.  Hutuey and Guamax in Cuba.  The resistance continues for fifty years even though the Tainos are decimated by disease.


See Jose Barreiro, "A Not on Tainos," View from the Shore, 7:3, 73, 76