Date: September 21, 2020
Subject: Social Studies
Topic: Taino Settlements
Jamaica was called Xaymaca by the Tainos . Xaymaca means “land of wood and
water.” The island had many trees, food, fish and water. The Tainos needed these
resources to survive so they built villages where they were in abundance.
The fresh water from the rivers was used for drinking, farming, washing,
cooking, bathing etc.
The sea was used for fishing and traveling in their canoes
The land was used for farming crops such as yams, cassava, sweet potatoes
and maize (corn)
They used trees from the forests to build houses, canoes and tools.
When the Spaniards arrived on the island there were over 200 Taino
villages here. Some of these places were :-
Seville in St. Ann
Guanaboa Vale in St. Catherine
White Marl in St. Catherine
Jamaica Primary Social Studies Workbook 4 pages 5 and 6 exercises D and