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

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

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

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

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

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...