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History

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Guest writer James Gunn reports to us on one of Yucatan’s most iconic and beloved books, written by an author of great reknown in Mexico…


By Working Gringos

The history of Koreans in the Yucatan goes back to Yucatan’s heyday, when the need for workers in the henequen fields outstripped the supply of local workers…

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Dr. Gunn reviews another Spanish-language book, this one a novel that provides a fictionalized account of an historical figure, Justo Sierra O’Reilly…

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Here is a brief synopsis of a novel written about an interesting historical time in the Yucatan. Our guest writer gives us an account of the story and how it has changed his views of modern-day Yucatan…


By Troy Gilbert

Most of us have never heard about these two sailing regattas that bring racers from the Gulf Coast of the USA to the Yucatan Peninsula. Even fewer of us know how they figured in the development of Cancun…

By Byron D. Augustin and Thomas E. Jones

In Part III of the story of the Aurora Yucateca, we meet the man, John Masterson Burke, whose engineering skills were crucial in the success of the venture. We also find out what happened to send Burke home, and where he applied what he learned when he returned…

By Byron D. Augustin

In the second part of our three-part series, guest author Byron Augustin writes about Valladolid’s first steam-powered factory’s successes and failures, and the reasons for both. This article is in both English and Español…


By Byron D. Augustin

In this first of a three-part series, guest writer Byron Augustin introduces us to the Aurora Yucateca, Mexico’s first steam-powered factory which was located in Yucatan’s Valladolid. This article is in both English and Español…

By Jeanine Kitchel

Edward Herbert Thompson is one of the most colorful figures from Yucatan history, and perhaps can be said to be one of the first expatriates in this area. Jeanine Kitchel tells his story which is forever entwined with the modern story of Chichen Itza…

By Jeanine Kitchel

Sylvanus Morley, perhaps the inspiration for Indiana Jones, was an engineer-turned-archaeologist who spearheaded the Carnegie Institution’s massive effort at renovating Chichen Itza…


By Byron D. Augustin

In Valladolid, the impact of the Mexican Revolution is still the topic of local conversations. For those amateur historians willing to dig for the data, a treasure chest of information awaits them…

By Khaki Scott

January 25, 2011 will mark the one-year anniversary of a friend, someone who was a witness to one of Mexico’s most historic and horrific moments of the 20th Century…

By Working Gringos

Two statues approved by the outgoing mayor have drawn attention and anger from many citizens of Merida and the Yucatan… what is all the fuss about? Well, it’s complicated…

By Working Gringos

For months, we don’t hear from them. Then, twice in one week, we are contacted personally by the Mexican government…

By Working Gringos

An advertisement from a 1930 American farm magazine provides us with a glimpse into the fascinating history of Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula…

By Working Gringos

If you have ever visited Merida, you have probably had the experience of getting lost in the maze of numbered streets that make up the Centro Historico. In the early colonial days, Merida’s streets confused many of its inhabitants…

By Working Gringos

When we first moved to the Yucatan, we noticed how people often didn’t work on Monday. We were told that it was San Lunes (Saint Monday), a very old tradition here…

By Working Gringos

Mani is a sleepy little Mayan pueblo. As in many places in the Yucatan, there are ghosts here, but you’d never know it…