Other Taínos committed suicide or left the island after the failed Taíno revolt of 1511.
The only women who had access to the libraries and who could afford books were the wives and daughters of Spanish government officials or wealthy land owners.
Those who were poor had to resort to oral story-telling in what are traditionally known in Puerto Rico as Coplas and Decimas.
This contributed to many of them marrying the native Taíno.
The peace between the Spaniards and the Taínos was short-lived.
Women's rights were unheard of and their contributions to the island's society were limited.