The Battle of Campeche:  Yucatán and Texas versus Mexico

Sloop-of-war Austin, Republic of Texas Navy, in the Battle of Campeche
Painting, San Jacinto Museum of History

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] Yucatán and Texas seem like unlikely allies.  In the early years of the Mexican Republic, though, they were alike in many ways, both poor, neglected states on the outer fringes of the nation.  When Centralist government took over in Mexico, both considered their options More...

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065/365: Show us your smile!
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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Smile!

How many times have we felt life closing down on us? Every step more and more difficult, to the point we are exhausted, overwhelmed, and ready to “throw the towel” but… just not quite that ready. With More...

Mayapan  - Photo: Jesus Herrera
By Yucatan Times On Monday, April 27th, 2015
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Climbing the Ruins and Exploring the Caves: A day trip to Mayapán and Loltun

TYT Original Reporting By Stewart Mandy   MÉRIDA, YUCATÁN – If you fancy a day trip from Mérida involving both climbing up, and descending underground, the Mayapán ruins and Grutas de Loltun caves are More...

Male Altamira Oriole scouts out all surroundings near water source
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND: *WATER WARS, WARRIORS AND WORRIERS: 23 AVIAN SPECIES, PART 1,

Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired”, zoologist, wildlife photographer, and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 56 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her column, published More...

soledad
By Yucatan Times On Monday, April 20th, 2015
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“The Virtue of Solitude”

-The misfortune of not being able to be alone.- A phrase casted by La Bruyére, in order to disgrace those who run to the crowd, afraid of not being able to stand being with themselves. “Must of all our disgraces More...

Oxkutzcab Franciscan Mission - Credit Stewart Mandy
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
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Oxkutzcab – the ‘Deep South’ of Yucatán   

TYT Original Reporting By Stewart Mandy   OXKUTZCAB, YUCATÁN – We headed out of Mérida, taking the highway to Chetumal, and were delighted to find that it is in the process of being enlarged to a four lane More...

Praia do Forte 6 - Credit Stewart Mandy
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
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Off the Grid in Lagoa Aruá, Bahia

TYT Original Reporting  By Stewart Mandy Our reporter Stewart Mandy recently spent a few weeks in Brazil – you can read his report on Carnival in Salvador here. Following is his second report from the country.     SALVADOR More...

Flag of the Republic of Yucatán
(Photograph by Néstor Solís, Wikimedia Commons)
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
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Santiago Imán and the Republic of Yucatán

[“Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series]   A little-known citizen of Tizimín, in remote northeastern Yucatán, started a rebellion that became a revolution and created the independent More...

Male Hooded Warbler looks angry but is looking for insect prey
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND: ANGRY BIRDS?

Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired”, zoologist, wildlife photographer, and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 56 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her column, published More...

myrna
By Yucatan Times On Monday, April 6th, 2015
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Myrna Sings the Blues 

24 hours left of Myrna’s visit. Cutlass and Bobo had sent a dinner invitation to their villa on the beach. We were afraid to inflict Myrna on them but we needed the rescue. When the car came to pick us up, Myrna More...