Yucatán’s Naval War with Belize

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series]   Arturo O’Neill de Tyrone y O’Kelly, the Governor and Captain-General of the Intendencia of Yucatán, moved a substantial fleet of warships against a rabble of British woodcutters.  They had been squatters too long in territory that clearly belonged to the King More...

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By Yucatan Times On Monday, October 6th, 2014
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The Baker Who Would Be King

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] The most serious Maya revolt in colonial Yucatec history happened at a town called Cisteíl.  Its leader was Jacinto Uc.  We know him More...

By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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Ancient Maya Civilisations Collapsed Because Of 40% Drop In Rainfall

Only a modest drop in rainfall led to the collapse of the classic Maya civilisation more than 1,100 years ago, a new study has found. The demise of the civilisation, centred on present day Mexico and Guatemala, More...

By Yucatan Times On Monday, September 1st, 2014
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The Pirate in the Cathedral

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series] Yucatán was well acquainted with pirates, detested their names, and viewed them all as dangerous criminals.  Except for Robert Chevalier. Almost More...

By Yucatan Times On Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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The Maya: a 4,000 year-old civilization in the Americas

Obscured by the fame of the Aztec empire or shrouded by a veil of mystery, the cultural history of the Mayas has generally been misunderstood by the public. Maya civilization developed in a territory the size of More...

By Yucatan Times On Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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The Sacred Horse of the Last Maya Kingdom

[Link to “Surprising History in Yucatán” —Introduction to the Series] After the fall of their capital at Chichén Itzá, the Itzá people migrated toward the south.  In the mid 1400s, they settled at a large More...