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Arawak

Arawak, group of often culturally distinct South American tribes, now living mostly in Brazil, the Guyanas, and Peru. Arawak inhabited several West Indian islands when Columbus landed in 1492. The Caribbean Arawak were wiped out by the mid-16th century by a combination of disease and forced labor brought on by Europeans.

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