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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Quintana Roo Facts and Figures


Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on December 4, 2023

Quintana Roo is Number 32 on this map

 Quintana Roo ranks 74th among states and provinces with markers in this database. The Free and Sovereign State of Quintana Roo is a state in Mexico located in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is also in the Southeast region. Quintana Roo is some 21 thousand square kilometers in size with a population of around 1.5 million people. The state is divided into eleven municipalities and seven of them have entries in this database. In Quintana Roo we have discovered historical markers in nine cities and towns lying in 14 postal delivery areas.

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There are at least 142 historical markers in Quintana Roo, by our count. We have cataloged 142 historical markers and 17 war memorials—each individually presented on 148 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Quintana Roo marker in the database, Tribute to the 201st Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Force, was added January 16, 2017. It was photographed in San Miguel de Cozumel and was erected in 2007. The last one added was submitted on September 20, 2023, and titled Diosa Ixchel / Goddess Ixchel. It is in San Miguel de Cozumel in Cozumel. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Quintana Roo was erected in 1943. It was this one: Monument to the Mexican Flag, and one of our correspondents found it in Chetumal in Othón P. Blanco on May 14, 2019.

Quintana Roo Historical Topics
64 • Native Americans
55 • Man-Made Features
38 • Non-US Wars
28 • Anthropology and Archaeology
26 • Settlements and Settlers
25 • Colonial Era
25 • Architecture
24 • Industry and Commerce
15 • Government and Politics
12 • Arts, Letters, Music
    ... and others ...

Quintanarroenses don’t want to forget their Native Americans history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Quintana Roo about Native Americans—64 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Man-Made Features with 55 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Native Americans topic was The Coba Group, added January 28, 2017. It had been erected in Cobá in Tulum. The last one submitted also was submitted on September 20, 2023, and titled Diosa Ixchel / Goddess Ixchel. It had been erected in San Miguel de Cozumel in Cozumel. The earliest marker erected with the Native Americans topic that we have listed was erected in 1998. It is Othón Pompeyo Blanco Núñez de Cáceres, found in Chetumal in Othón P. Blanco on May 19, 2019.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Quintana Roo? What we know is that Mexican Air Force Expeditionary Squadron 201 Memorial is the most viewed entry in the database from Quintana Roo since it was added in 2017. It is located in San Miguel de Cozumel. It is also the most viewed entry so far this year.

Municipalities, Cities and Towns

The Quintana Roo municipality with the most historical markers listed in this database is Othón P. Blanco, with 80 of them. It is followed by Bacalar with 23 markers. The Chetumal area of Othón P. Blanco has the highest number of markers within its limits, 74.

Historical Markers in These
Quintana Roo Municipalities
80 • Othón P. Blanco
23 • Bacalar
20 • Cozumel
11 • San Miguel de Cozumel
11 • Tulum
2 • Solidaridad
1 • Isla Mujeres

Checking the database for the city or town in Quintana Roo with the most markers we again find Chetumal at the top of the list with 74 markers in or near it. It is followed by San Miguel de Cozumel in Cozumel with 31 markers. For the postal code with the most markers it’s 77000 at the top of the list with 68 markers in its delivery area. It is followed by postal code 77930 with 25 markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Quintana Roo Cities and Towns
74 • Chetumal
31 • San Miguel de Cozumel
24 • Bacalar
7 • Tulum
5 • Calderitas
4 • Cobá
1 • Punta Laguna
1 • Playa del Carmen
1 • Isla Mujeres

Getting back to Othón P. Blanco, the first marker added to the database from there, La Calle del Relox, was added March 28, 2019. in Chetumal. The last one submitted was uploaded on June 25, 2019, and is titled Chetumal - Kohunlich and Oxtankah, in Chetumal. The earliest marker erected in Othón P. Blanco that we have listed was erected in 1943. It was Monument to the Mexican Flag, found in Chetumal on May 14, 2019.

Latest entry from Quintana Roo. Click to go there
By James Hulse, May 29, 2023
Latest Entry from Quintana Roo
“Diosa Ixchel / Goddess Ixchel”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from San Miguel de Cozumel. The first we touched on earlier: Tribute to the 201st Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Force. The last: Diosa Ixchel / Goddess Ixchel added on September 20, 2023. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1947: Cozumel's Tribute to the Defenders of the Nation, added on February 8, 2017.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers state-wide in Quintana Roo today. A number of municipalities have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Tourist Attractions? Or Something Off the Beaten Path?

Quintana Roo offers both and there is plenty of history to check out. If you live in or are visiting Quintana Roo, hit the road and check out places where something of interest once occured, or where famous or infamous people once stood. Our database can help you find some of these places. And perhaps you’ll find some we don’t know about and will take the time to photograph them and add them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Dec. 4, 2023