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Abstract

The word bohío was used in the Caribbean to designate the houses of the indigenous population: simple one-room structures made with local materials such as palms and thatched roofs. In Cuba, the bohío became a hybrid architectural construction, originally conceived by the Taínos, later adopted and modified by the Spaniards in the early years of the colony, and lastly assigned to the African slave quarters in nineteenth-century Cuban sugar plantations with additional changes to the general schema made by them. This evolution is traced through the analysis of historical and literary sources, from sixteenth-century Cronistas de Indias to nineteenth-century traveler and costumbrista writers.

In: Visual Culture and Indigenous Agency in the Early Americas