"Make Colonizers Afraid Again" Unisex T-shirt
Made of 100% ring-spun cotton this unisex t-shirt is soft and comfy. The double stitching on the neckline and sleeves add more durability.
• 100% ring-spun cotton
• 4.5 oz/y² (153 g/m²)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Quarter-turned to avoid crease down the center
Story Behind the Artwork
The first Spaniards landed on the shores of Puerto Rico on November 19, 1493. The Taino's saw the Spaniards as "gods" upon their arrival and there was no real conflict between Taino's and the Spaniards until 1508 when Juan Ponce de León arrived in Puerto Rico.
When gold was discovered on the island Taino's were forced to work in the mines along with African slaves. Often Taino women were raped by Conquistadors and forced to have their children. Taino women often would kill themselves while pregnant because they did not wish to have the children of the Spaniards.
Now *cacique (a native Indian chief in areas dominated primarily by a Spanish culture) Agueybana II (nephew of the grand cacique Agueybana I) had doubt that the Spaniards were Gods so he decided to test this belief. One day in 1511 Agueybana and Urayoan, cacique of Anasco, lured a Spanish soldier named Diego Salcedo to a river bank and drowned him.
Now that the Taino's knew that the Spaniards were not Gods Agueybana II had secret meetings with other Taino caciques. After a spanish spy was sent in to gather information from said meetings, Juan Ponce de León led a series of offensives against the Taino's, capturing Guarionex during a battle. These battles eventually culminated in the Battle of Yaguecas. At the Battle of Yaguecas a Spanish soldier shot and killed Agueybana II with arquebus.The Spanish kept control after the death of Agueybana II but another rebellion erupted in 1513, after Ponce de León left to Florida, when a band of Taino's, led by Urayoan, raided and sacked the city of Caparra.