The Lost Island of Lilapichu


Lilapichu is an island that was discovered by scientist in 1952. It was found under water in the Caribbean Ocean, 38 miles Southeast of Jamaica. Scientists were researching coral reefs in the area and came across a large land mass which they later identified as the long lost island of Lilapichu. Stories had been told for centuries in the Caribbean islands about a lost civilization, and with the discovery, the legend became reality.  Archeological evidence showed that the island and its civilization came to an end around 28 A.D. It is believed that the cause of the island submerging underwater was a massive hurricane that has only been believed to have occurred once in history. The island continues to be researched by scientists in hopes of finding o more information about the island and its civilization.


The island of Lilapichu was inhabited by the Lila tribe. These indigenous people were fishermen and gathers. They fished from a nearby river and gathered fruits and nuts from the trees. The men and young boys were responsible for the fishing while the women and young girls gathered fruits and nuts. The children assisted their mothers with the daily tasks. Everyone had a role in the Lila tribe. A tribe leader was identified by a large elaborate head piece made of gold that one of the tribe members was found wearing. The Lila people lived in villages at the base of the mountains. The tribe had a deep appreciation for nature. This was shown by the discovery of sculptures carved from precious rocks found on the island. The sculptures told a story of a people who had a connection to their land and to the animals.


Lilapichu had a primary river that flowed from the north to the southern tip of the island until it met the Caribbean Sea. The island also had two large mountain peaks that the people used as refuge during times of heavy rain and flooding. Climate at Lilapichu was tropical which consisted of warm weather and high humidity. The location of the island was prone to hurricanes during the months of July thru September.


Lilapichu was home to many different species of wildlife. This included 50 species of birds and 4 native mammals which included a rare breed of wild boar. Lilapichu also had a rare species of poisonous fish that could only be found in their river. The island had over 500 species of plants that were all native to Lilapichu. The island was covered in green with large tropical trees and plants native to this island. Researchers often describe Lilapichu as having been paradise.

Norma Aceves

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