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This map appeared in an early Dutch Atlas dating from 1597. Cuba had been settled for thousands of years by Arawak -speaking tribes, and was densely populated in its eastern half when first seen by Europeans during the first voyage of Columbus, who reported the Taino name as Colba. Ciboney tribal groups, more recent arrivals who also lived in Florida and the Bahamas, inhabited the western part of the island at the time of Spanish contact.
Cuba soon became the base for Spanish explorations in the New World by Córdoba, Grijalva, and Cortés.
[Fig.1: Early atlas map of Cuba, 1597.]
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