First Spark and Revolution

Monument in Heroes’ Park, Valladolid, where the leaders of the June 1910 revolt were executed.
(Photograph by the author)

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] November 20 is Revolution Day in Mexico, an important public holiday.  Yucatecans would change the date to June 4. History books say the Revolution began on Sunday, November 20, 1910, when Francisco I. Madero sent this message to the Mexican people from his exile in San Antonio, More...

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By Yucatan Times On Saturday, April 30th, 2016
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A New Home in the World

While working at my corporate job in San Francisco, I was obsessively reading blogs by people who were quitting jobs to travel and, in the process, creating new careers aligned with their talents and passions.  More...

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By Yucatan Times On Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – RANTS AND NON-RANTS ABOUT CORMORANTS

  Rant When you see cormorants along the coast or at inland waters, you may observe them like this: Cormorants often hang out with other birds in loafing areas Often seen with outstretched wings to dry after More...

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By Yucatan Times On Thursday, April 7th, 2016
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Backyard Birding in Merida, Yucatan and Beyond – How Not To Social Network, the Social Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher, Myiozetetes similis, Luisito Común (Spanish), X takay (Mayan) Although one of the attractions of living in Merida is the friendliness of the people, unfortunately this doesn’t apply to the More...

(PHOTO: Robert Adams)
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
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Sunday celebrations mark the end of Easter holidays in Progreso, Yucatan

The final Sunday of the two-week Semana Santa and Easter Week holidays was a windy and overcast day in Progreso, Yucatan. But that didn’t stop hordes of beach-goers, partiers, families with kids and vendors from More...

Snakes and ladders
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
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The number of God

What do the Parthenon, a sunflower, a nautilus shell and the Mona Lisa have in common? The answer is 1.618033 “Liber Abacci” In 1202, Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Leonardo Fibonacci, published “Liber More...

The neo-Maya-style arch erected by the Yucatán State Government on present Calle 60 in front of Mérida’s cathedral.  The repeated masks of the god Chaak are made to resemble the President.
(Photograph from a contemporary postcard.)
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
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A Potemkin Village for Porfirio Díaz

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series]   President Porfirio Díaz came to Yucatán with a short list of things he needed to do. The announced purpose for the visit in More...

Fresh chiles for sale (SDCF)
By Yucatan Times On Friday, April 1st, 2016
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Chiles habaneros in Devon, England?

It’s not exactly what you expect to find along a sleepy country road in the heart of the South Devon countryside, but it’s there that the South Devon Chilli Farm is located, bringing the heat of Mexico and the More...

This writer believes U.S. Hispanic voters will reject Donald Trump and deny him the presidency. (PHOTO: reuters.com)
By Yucatan Times On Monday, March 28th, 2016
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Opinion: Angry Latino voters could deny Trump the presidency

As soon as Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, the Republican establishment realized that winning future elections required more minority groups’ support and particularly More...

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By Yucatan Times On Thursday, March 24th, 2016
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A family visit to Mexico prompts observations on Trump, gas stations and lifestyle

My family and I just returned from a visit to Mexico.  As always it was interesting. To provide some background, I resided in Mexico a decade and a half, where I worked as an English teacher.  There I met and More...