Isla Mujeres marks 500 years since its first sighting by conquistadors
ISLA MUJERES — Five hundred years after the first sighting of Isla Mujeres by the Spanish conquistadors and the fusion between two cultures, municipal authorities headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, carried out the commemoration of this important historic event.
The island’s mayor stressed the importance of preserving the natural and cultural richness of this municipality: “Five hundred years have passed since that historic moment, five centuries of our beloved land, in which countless stories have been written, stories we must always remember and share, because a people with history is a great people, and without a doubt, the people of Isla Mujeres is great,” stated Carrillo Soberanis.
In addition, the mayor recalled the historical passage in which the Spanish Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, accompanied by navigators in 1517, sighted the island, and found the Mayan sanctuary in honor of Ixchel, goddess of love, gestation, water, textiles, the moon and medicine.
“It is a pride to say that I am a native from this island, which, despite being so young, has 500 years of history, that must be remembered by all the islanders and taught not only to our descendants, but to those who visit us every day and enjoy the beauty and hospitality of Isla Mujeres,” Carrillo Soberanis continued.
Finally, the municipal president declared his adminstration’s commitment to honor, remember and transmit the history of Isla Mujeres to the coming generations, as the future of the municipality depends on this historical knowledge, which is important not only for the island, the muncipality and the state of Quintana Roo, but for all of Mexico.