The first groups that arrived at the island of La Hispaniola were carvers of silex or flint, from which they made various artefacts such as pointed tips for handles or weapons, knives, scrapers, hammers, burins, drills, chisels and chopping blocks. Their way of life was nomadic, and they lived from hunting, gathering and fishing. One of the origins of these groups was found in Belize. It shows that these people were good navigators and that they had a good knowledge of maritime currents. Their existence on La Hispaniola was estimated at least 5000 years and their culture has been named barreroide.