History on mona Island: Long-term human and landscape dynamics of an 'Uninhabited' Island

Alice V.M. Samson, Jago Cooper

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The history of Mona Island and her transitory and permanent communities provides an interesting perspective on the role this small island has played over the long-term in spheres of maritime interaction in the Caribbean and further afield. In particular, we examine the role that the extraordinary cave systems have played in attracting people to the island and into the subterranean realm within. Through a recent study of the extant historical sources and archaeological evidence for past human activity on the island, we trace this historical landscape and seascape in order to review the importance of Mona in wider regional dynamics through time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-60
Number of pages31
JournalNWIG: New West Indian Guide
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Caribbean history
  • human cave use
  • island archaeology
  • Mona Passage

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