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  • One Last Effort: Final Chapters

    2 September 2015 History

    In which don Hermengildo learns the truth, and our story comes to an end.

  • The Maya and the Mississippi

    30 August 2015 History, Culture

    Did the Maya explore territory on the other side of the Gulf of Mexico? It's hard to imagine that they didn't...

  • One Last Effort: Chapters 20 & 21

    28 August 2015 History

    In which don Hermengildo gets annoyed, Lupita pretends not to be, and a serious illness throws a monkey wrench in the works...

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Nineteen

    23 August 2015 History

    In which don Hermengildo attends a Carnval masked ball with Lupita, only to find himself like a fish out of water...

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Eighteen

    16 August 2015 History

    In which don Hermengildo finally realizes his dreams are about to come true, and agrees to go to a Carnaval costume ball...

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Seventeen

    19 June 2015 History

    In which a party is thrown, with cochinita, relleno and many other Yucatecan dishes served, and don Hermengildo gives a toast...

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Sixteen

    27 May 2015 History

    In which Lupita begins to realize she is not so young anymore and entertains the idea of marrying don Hermenegildo…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Fifteen

    24 May 2015 History

    In which don Hermenegildo considers one last effort to try to get married, doña Raimunda does her best to get things started, and forward progress is interrupted by a boy with a bump on his forehead…

  • One Last Effort: Chapters Thirteen & Fourteen

    18 May 2015 History

    In which don Hermengildo becomes involved in politics, we get insight into various parties, publications elections, and Luis Robles finds himself on the good side of Lady Luck...

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Twelve

    16 May 2015 History

    In which we peer through a window into the upsetting situation that is the marriage between Lupita and her gallavanting husband. Lupita has a child, Pancho continues to go out on the town without her, and Lupita begins to dream of revenge…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Eleven

    13 May 2015 History

    In which don Hermenegildo finds himself at loose ends. We are given a glimpse into his home life and his extended family, all of whom live with him, as well as a few common children’s games. And perhaps we are introduced to a future famous artist…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Ten

    11 May 2015 History

    In which a marriage is quickly arranged, a poor woman takes fever and dies, and don Hermenegildo thinks it is all his fault…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Nine

    8 May 2015 History

    In which two men, don Hermenegildo and Pancho Vélez, saunter toward the altar and prepare to drink the wedding chocolate, as the various women wait impatiently for them…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Eight

    6 May 2015 History

    In which we learn that don Hermenegildo tentatively represents Luis Robles, and Lupita uses the powers of her growing beauty on multiple men, including one who courts her on his horse…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Seven

    4 May 2015 History

    In which we are witness to a rivalry over the lovely Lupita at the dance, where tempers run high, two young men almost come to blows and don Hermenegildo is the only one who loses his hat…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Six

    3 May 2015 History

    In which we learn a bit about managing a hacienda and a lot more about teenage girls managing their social schedule…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Five

    2 May 2015 History

    Ah, the story continues! In this chapter, we are privy to the machinations that young men, and not so young men, went through to get the attention of women in Merida society…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Four

    1 May 2015 History

    In which we obtain more insight into why don Hermenegildo has never married, and what might encourage him to consider it, and in which we meet don Felipe, who had a headache…

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Three

    15 March 2015 History

    In Chapter Three, we listen in to a conversation between doña Raimunda and don Hermenegildo to learn more about don Hermenegildo's past and his thoughts on his bad luck in love...

  • One Last Effort: Chapter Two

    11 March 2015 History

    In which we learn more about Lupita, her brother Manuel, and her two suitors, Luis Robles and Fermín...

  • One Last Effort: Intro and Chapter One

    4 March 2015 History

    Here is the introduction and the first chapter of a translated novel, written about Merida in the early 20th century and translated by a very dedicated reader, Nadine Calder. We hope you enjoy this serialized walk through Merida and Yucatan history...

  • Pirates of the Yucatan

    20 February 2015 History

    Our guest writer, James Gunn, tells us about a famous Yucatecan writer from the 19th Century, and his romance novel, El Filibustero, which exposes the vicissitudes of life in Yucatan during the 17th Century...

  • Book Review: Canek

    16 December 2014 History

    Our guest writer, James Gunn, gives us a peek into a book in Spanish written about the great Maya revolutionary, Jacinto Canek...

  • La Tierra del Faisán y del Venado

    25 June 2014 History

    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...

  • Koreans in Yucatan

    28 May 2014 History

    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...

  • Justo Sierra O'Reilly, A Novel Account

    10 February 2014 History

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

  • Yucatan: "Peninsula, Peninsula"

    30 December 2013 Culture, History

    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...

  • Regata al Sol: Epic Journey to the Sun

    18 September 2013 History

    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...

  • Aurora Yucateca - Part III

    2 September 2013 History, Valladolid Living

    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...

  • Aurora Yucateca - Part II

    21 August 2013 History, Valladolid Living

    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...

  • Aurora Yucateca - Part I

    13 August 2013 History, Valladolid Living

    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...

  • Edward Herbert Thompson

    15 June 2012 History

    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...

  • Sylvanus Morley

    7 May 2012 History

    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...

  • Arturo Zama Escalante, Witness to History

    25 January 2011 History

    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...

  • Paseo de Montejo Statues

    6 August 2010 History

    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...

  • 2010 Census and Mexican History Book

    15 June 2010 History

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

  • Yucatan Sisal in History

    26 April 2010 History

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

  • Corner Plaques and Yucatan Kids

    1 September 2006 History

    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...

  • Short History of Monday

    6 February 2006 History

    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...

  • The Ghosts of Mani

    24 January 2006 History

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

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