Yucatán’s First Highway

Coba Yaxuna sacbe at the point where it attains its maximum elevation 8 feet

February 29, 1933.  After a long day of walking, Alfonso Villa Rojas arrived at the remote archeological site called Yaxuná.  The 35-year-old schoolteacher had been working as an assistant on the Carnegie Institution’s restoration project at Chichén Itzá.  Deeply interested in local oral traditions, Villa Rojas had heard tales about an actual More...

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Yucatán’s Greatest Hit 2The Chicxulub impact craterGravity anomaly map, present coastline and cenotes marked in white(Source:  Geological Survey of Canada)
By Yucatan Times On Monday, June 6th, 2016

Yucatan’s Greatest Hit

This is the last of the monthly “Surprising History” articles, concluding the series after two and a half years. The occasional piece may appear in the future, and the series maybe published as a book. The author More...

Monument in Heroes’ Park, Valladolid, where the leaders of the June 1910 revolt were executed.
(Photograph by the author)
By Yucatan Times On Monday, May 2nd, 2016

First Spark and Revolution

[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 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

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...

tomas ohoran escudero
By Yucatan Times On Monday, March 7th, 2016

The Remarkable O’Horáns

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] Governor, president, senator, general, judge, hero, traitor, conservative, liberal, doctor, lawyer, scholar….  The O’Horán family More...

Spaniard Hernando Cortes (1485-1547)  landed at Tabasco in March 1519.
By Yucatan Times On Friday, March 4th, 2016

497 years ago today, Hernán Cortes arrived in Mexico (for better or worse)

If you were around 497 years ago today (March 4, 1519), you would have witnessed a truly historic event that forever altered life in what eventually would become the modern nation of Mexico. Here is a commentary More...

(PHOTO: Robert Adams)
By Yucatan Times On Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Campeche enthralls with Mexico’s rich history

Campeche takes your breath away. In the center of this colonial city on the Gulf of Mexico, brightly painted homes, cobblestone streets and well-preserved fortresses remind a visitor of better-known Caribbean tourist More...

The guard at Xcacal Guardia, 1930s
(Photograph by Frances Rhoads Morley, Brigham Young University)
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

When Did the Caste War End? Part 2 — The Power of General May

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] Continued from The Yucatan Times last month — The forces of General Bravo had surrounded the independent Maya nation… [Link to Part More...

By Yucatan Times On Thursday, January 28th, 2016

New book offers chance to “take a ride” with conquistadors

If all you know about the conquistadors is what you learned in school, or if you’re the type who finds an excursion into their times irresistible, then a new book entitled Conquistador Voices (Spruce Tree Press, More...

General Ignacio A. Bravo
(Archivo General de la Nación)
By Yucatan Times On Monday, January 4th, 2016
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When Did the Caste War End? Part 1 — The Power of General Bravo

[“Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series]   The Caste War of Yucatán officially ended, after fifty-four years of horror, when a Mexican army occupied the Maya capital on May 4, More...