The Yucatán Governor Who Empowered Women

“Surprising History in Yucatán” Article 32, by Robert D. Temple…. Yucatán’s newly elected governor stepped out onto the balcony of the Government Palace overlooking Mérida’s central plaza.  He looked over the wide square, filled to overflowing with excited citizens.  Peasants and wealthy alike were thunderstruck when he began speaking More...

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By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Palacio Cantón restoration works are almost done

MERIDA — The director of the Palacio Cantón Museum, Giovana Jaspersen García, proudly says that this compound belongs to INAH’s museum network and has the best cultural heritage of the Southeast. The More...

By Yucatan Times On Monday, January 16th, 2017

Yucatán’s First Highway

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 More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...