Abstract

Since October 12th of 1492, the

world was not the same. The admiral Christopher Columbus

landed on new continent, which later was named America.

When he discovered the Antilles, found that these islands

were inhabited by several tribes and the agriculture was the

center of their lives, uses and costumes, many of them were

inherited and still are in use. The present work, describes

some costumes and provides some examples of their

influence on names of crops such as peanut (Arachis hypogea

L.), corn (Zea mays L.) sowrsop (Annona muricata L.), sweet

pitaya (Hylocereus undatus B & G) and tobacco (Nicotiana

tabacum L.), particular uses in the case of mamey (Mammea

americana L.), cocoplum (Chysobalanus icaco L.) and

cassava (Manihot esculenta C.), as food crops as cocoyam

(Xanthosoma saggittifolium Sh), sweet potato (Ipomoea

batatas L.) and topee tambo (Callathea allonia) or native

plants such as pineapple (Ananas comosus L.), nance

(Byrsonima crassifolia H.B.K.), guava (Psidium guajava L.),

coconut (Cocos nucífera L.), star apple (Chysophylum cainito

L.), guayacán (Guayacum sanctum L.) and mahogany

(Swietenia microphyla L.).