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, Oct. 2015) may be for you. In this two-volume set written for the general reader, author Kevin H. Siepel takes you on the expeditions of More...

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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...

By Yucatan Times On Monday, December 7th, 2015
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The Invention That Made Yucatán Rich

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] In 1857, an eighteen-year-old farm worker in Whitewater, Wisconsin invented a mechanical device to tie a knot in a piece of string.  More...

By Yucatan Times On Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
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Local artist snatches history from the jaws of oblivion

Several years ago, graphic artist Eduardo (“Lalo”) Struck Cano caught his uncle disposing of multiple wooden boxes containing what appeared to be glass slides.  When questioned, his uncle said that they were More...

By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
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Confederates Rescue the Queen’s West India Regiment from Indians

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] Jamaicans and Confederate veterans fighting off an Indian massacre — it really happened. In the mid-1800s, British woodcutters and More...

By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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Merida site receives prestigious architecture award for new pavilion

One of Merida’s most historic homes and popular tourist destinations, the Quinta Montes Molina, has been awarded a prestigious Silver Medal in the Second Biennial of Architecture of Mexico City. The award, More...

By Yucatan Times On Monday, October 5th, 2015
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The Speaking Cross

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series]   In 1848, the rebelling Maya, after having advanced to the gates of Mérida and Campeche, fell back and retreated eastward before More...

By Yucatan Times On Monday, September 7th, 2015
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The End of Empire:  Mérida, 1867

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] Two defeats frame Maximillian’s Mexican empire.  The first was the famous battle at Puebla on May 5, 1862, celebrated as “Cinco More...

By Yucatan Times On Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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The Flying Ants Save the “Good People”

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] At the end of May in 1848, essentially all the surviving non-Maya citizens of Yucatán — the buena gente — had crowded into Mérida More...

By Yucatan Times On Monday, July 6th, 2015
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Yucatán, USA?

“Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series Justo Sierra O’Reilly found Washington a surprisingly unimpressive city, too small and “low class” to be the capital of a wealthy and powerful More...