16th-Century Christian inscriptions found in Caribbean

Archaeologists have uncovered Christian inscriptions dating to the 16th Century in a cave on the Caribbean island of Mona. 

The cave, described as being at least half a mile in length, had already proved a rich source of indigenous art when researchers uncovered cross markings which led to Bible inscriptions in both Latin and Spanish. 

Among the inscriptions translated were those reading “God made many things”, “may God forgive you” and “the Word was made flesh”.


The discovery has caused excitement among the academic community which is now presented with a new perspective on the interactions between indigenous peoples and Europe’s Caribbean explorers. 

The island of Mano lies between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and is said to have been visited at least once by Christopher Columbus.