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Taíno Cacique Caonabo (Columbus-Resister) 1 Centavo Dominican Republic Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Indigenous Leader)

Taíno Cacique Caonabo (Columbus-Resister) 1 Centavo Dominican Republic Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Indigenous Leader)

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Taíno Cacique Caonabo (Columbus-Resister) 1 Centavo Dominican Republic Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Indigenous Chieften) (Anti-Imperial) (Anti-Colonial)

Reverse: Portrait of Caonabo - the leader of local peoples in the time of arrival of the ships of Columbus
Lettering: CAONABO

Obverse: Denomination, national coat of arms, year of issue
Lettering: 1 CENTAVO
-- and inside the coat of arms:
Translation: 1 centavo
Dominican Republic
-- God Fatherland Liberty
-- Dominican Republic

Issuer Dominican Republic
Period Fourth Republic (1966-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1984-1987
Value 1 Centavo
0.01 DOP = USD 0.00018
Currency Peso oro (1937-date)
Composition Copper plated zinc
Weight 2.0 g
Diameter 19.1 mm
Thickness 1.35 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 6875
References KM# 64, Schön# 53

Caonabo (died 1496) was a Taíno cacique (chieftain) of Hispaniola at the time of Christopher Columbus's arrival to the island. He was known for his fighting skills and his ferocity. He was married to Anacaona, who was the sister of another cacique named Bohechío.

In retaliation against mistreatment of the Taíno people, Caonabo led attacks against the Spanish, including an assault on La Navidad which left 39 Spaniards dead. His capture in 1494 led to the first native American uprising against the Spanish rule. Caonabo died in Spanish captivity.

Chieftain of Maguana
Caonabo was one of the principal caciques on Hispaniola at the time of Christopher Columbus's arrival. The island was divided into five cacicazgos (chiefdoms). Caonabo most likely lived in what is now San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. He ruled over the chiefdom of Maguana in the southern part of the island. His wife, Anacaona, was the sister of another powerful cacique—Bohechío, of the neighboring Jaragua. Caonabo was not native to Hispaniola, rather he was born on the Lucayan Archipelago of the Bahamas.

The historian Bartolomé de las Casas, one of the first Spanish settlers in the Americas, wrote of Caonabo:

...éste fue valerosísimo y esforzado señor, y de mucha gravedad y autoridad, y según entendimos los que á los principios á esta Isla vinimos, era de nacional Lacayo, natural de las islas de los Lucayos, que se pasó dellas acá, y por ser varón en las guerras y en la paz señalado, llegó á ser rey de aquella provincia, y por todos muy estimado.

...he was an incredibly brave and esforzado [backed by the force of law] man, with much gravitas and authority, and as those of us who were the first to arrive on this island understood, he was of the Lucayan people, born on the Lucayan Islands, who left to come here, and because he was singled out as a man of war and of peace, he came to be king of that province, and he was highly esteemed by all.
—Casas: Historia de las Indias

Conflict with Spanish explorers
In 1492, Columbus attempted to land on the north coast of the island, but was forced to flee after being attacked by arrows. He eventually landed on the south coast near where the city of Santo Domingo was later founded. The Santa María shipwrecked on the north coast, and under Columbus's direction, the ship was salvaged in order to build a fort. Because the shipwreck occurred on Christmas Day, the fort was known as La Navidad.

Columbus left some of his crew at La Navidad and returned to Spain, he mistakenly thought that his men would not threaten the natives, whom he believed to be friendly. Caonabo led an attack on the fort in 1493, defeating all the Spaniards who remained. Anacaona would later explain that, incensed at the treatment of native women by the Spanish, had motivated Caonabo to reclaim the village.

When Columbus returned to Hispaniola and found La Navidad destroyed, Caonabo quickly came to be considered one of the strongest leaders on the island. The cacique Guacanagaríx of Marién informed the Spaniards that Caonabo was responsible for the attack. In 1494, Bartholomew Columbus received word that Caonabo was planning an attack on the Spanish fort at Santo Tomás. In response, Columbus sent a party of four hundred men led by Alonso de Ojeda to march into the interior of the island in order to instill fear and subjugate the natives.

Capture and death
Caonabo was captured by Ojeda and taken prisoner soon afterward. There are differing accounts of his capture. According to historian Samuel M. Wilson, the story was likely embellished and romanticized by the Spanish. Bartolomé de las Casas wrote that Ojeda had deceived Caonabo with a pre-arranged trick. In Casas's account, Ojeda brought highly polished handcuffs and chains which he presented as a gift to Caonabo. Ojeda supposedly convinced Caonabo that the objects had magical properties, and that they were worn by kings in Spain. When Caonabo tried on the handcuffs, Ojeda locked them and took him prisoner.

The capture of Caonabo roused the Taíno, leading to the first ever native American uprising against the Spanish. Caonabo's brother, Manicatex, gathered around 7,000 natives to attack the Spanish and rescue Caonabo. However, the Taíno were easily defeated, largely due to the Spaniards' use of cavalry. Manicatex and other native leaders were taken prisoner. The Spanish decided to remove Caonabo from the island in order to prevent future uprisings, so he and his brother were sent to Spain. Caonabo died during the voyage and was buried at sea.


The coat of arms of the Dominican Republic features a shield in similarly quartered colors as the flag, supported by a bay laurel branch (left) and a palm frond (right); above the shield, a blue ribbon displays the national motto: Dios, Patria, Libertad (God, Homeland, Liberty). Below the shield, the words República Dominicana appear on a red ribbon. In the center of the shield, flanked by six spears (three on each side), the front four holding the national flag, is a Bible with a small golden cross above it. The coat of arms appears in the center of the flag of the Dominican Republic.

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