By Bruce W. Conord, June Conord
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Rigid racial class structures developed among creoles (whites born in Mexico), mestizos (a racial mix of Caucasian and Indian) and the native American Maya. Despite royal attempts from Spain to rein in the abuse of Indian labor, the Yucatán’s elite continued their exploitation of the natives. Eventually, in 1761, Jacinto Canek, a Jesuit-educated Indian, called for a rebellion. He declared himself the king that the books of Chilam Balam promised would Introduction He was a zealous missionary who, responding to rumors of sacrilege and sacrifice by the Maya, held an inquisition (auto-de-fé), where he gained confessions to heresy by harsh torture.
Amateur birdwatchers thrill to the sight of native birds, such as the orange oriole, yellow-lored parrot or the black catbird, as well as a wealth of migratory varieties. Ornithologists working with the Amigos de Sian Ka’an estimate there are 6-9,000 varieties of birds in the protected wetlands. Even neophytes like us can appreciate the mesmerizing sight of a sharpwinged frigate floating effortlessly on the sea breeze; the unexpected thrill of a flock of bright-green parrots rising from trees; or the spectacular dive of a cormorant, who splashes into the water at one spot only to pop up somewhere else.
The Yucatecan Creoles used the reprieve to reinforce themselves with Mexican federal soldiers available after the end of the Mexican-American War and offered in exchange for renewed support of a united Mexico. Barbarous counter-attacks on the dispersed Maya regained much of the land the Yucatecans had lost. Introduction Most of the city’s non-Indian population who had not yet fled were massacred. The defending garrison’s colonel was dragged from his office and hacked to death, a paralyzed curate was attacked with a machete in his hammock and young girls of wealthy families were raped, then tied to the iron grilles of the windows and mutilated.
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