The Bahamas has an exciting history. Whether that is modern or ancient, the story of the place is fascinating. Up until recently, it was popularly believed that the place wasn’t inhabited before 1000 years ago. However, the developments and information regarding this put us at surprise. The research conducted by Texas A&M University substantiates that the earlier settlers came before 1000 years ago.
The report has been published on PNAS by Peter van Hengstum, associate professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Environment Science at Texas A&M-Galveston. The researchers were indulged in aggressive research by generating recordings that will offer some more insights into the issue. In this regard, they took the environmental record from the Blackwood Sinkhole. This has been one of the important factors in the research as the groundwater has preserved the organic material for more than 3000 years. This was crucial for the information. With the help of these samples, as well as carbon dating, the researchers were able to offer credible evidence of their findings. They further found charcoal that was produced by the fires that gave the impression that the first humans came earlier than that what we previously knew.
Though it needs no further evidence that the people in Florida were present more than 14000 years ago, however, as surprising as it may seem that these people never crossed over to the island. In addition to that, the Caribbean was inhabited by South America. In this regard, the human arrival in the place dates back to 700 A.D. But the evidence from the Bahamas suggests that the earlier humans were present on the island much before what the popular notion suggests.
This must’ve been in 1200-1300A D. However, the exact date can’t be ascertained, but one thing is sure that these people never crossed to the other regions as well. When the earlier settlers arrived, they changed the land according to their preferences, and due to their approach, the report further says. In addition to that, once the settlers arrived, large animals such as the reptiles started to disappear. Also, their presence had caused huge damage to the pine trees in the region. Hurricane was also one of the factors that the region had to face harsh damage to the crops as well as other trees.
The record indicates that the earlier forests weren’t impacted that much as compared to the later time. It’s surprising to see that at that time the hurricanes were more frequent. Though the hurricane activity is supposed to increase over time, so in that regard, they have adapted a lot, and the current pine trees may not be sustaining the changes.
Compared to the earlier times, the climate, as well as the weather in the region, has changed a lot. The underwater organic material has been a factor in determining the earlier settlers, and the whole report gives an insight into how the earlier people lived in general.