“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico — The Yucatan Peninsula (The Southeast)


Bacalar Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 31, 2019
1. Bacalar Marker

Las maravillas y recursos naturales de Bacalar lo hacen uno de los lugares más bellos del estado de Quintana Roo. De nombre maya Bakjalal, que significa "rodeado de carrizos", esta zona se ubica en la ribera de la laguna que lleva su nombre y en la época prehispánica fue la población más importante y cabecera de Uaymil, una de las 16 provincias en las que estaba dividida la Peninsula de Yucatán antes de la llegada de los conquistadores.

The wonders and natural resources of Bacalar make this enchanting town one of the most beautiful places in the state of Quintana Roo. Its name comes from the Mayan word Bakjalal, which means "surrounded by reeds". This area is located on the shores of the lagoon that bears its name and during prehispanic times it was the most important settlement and capital of Uaymil, one of the 16 provinces in which the Yucatán Peninsula was divided before the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors.

U Kiichkelemil yéetel u k'aaxilo' ob Bacalare', leti meentik u p'aatal jump'éel
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kúuchl táaj ki'ichkelem tu petlu'umil Quintana Roo. Le u k'aaba' bakjalal ich maayao', u k'áat u ya'al báak paachal tumen su'uko'ob", le kúuchila ti' ku p'áatal tu xuul jump'éel aka'an-ja' bisik u k'aaba'o. tu k'inil úuchben miatsilo'obe', jumpéel kaaj jach k'ajóola'an ka'ach, p'a'at xan bey u mek'tankaaljil kalach Uaymile', le kúuchila' leti' jump'éel ti' ichil le 16 kaajo'ob bix jatsa'alil u petlu'umil Yucatan ma'ali' k'uchuk kastelan máako'obe.
Erected by Gobierno del Estado de Quintana Roo 2011-2016.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, Non-US.
Location. 18° 40.352′ N, 88° 23.634′ W. Marker is in Bacalar, Quintana Roo. Marker is at the intersection of Alfredo López Mateos and Calle 10, in the median on Alfredo López Mateos. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bacalar QR 77930, Mexico. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Bacalar (here, next to this marker); Bel Itzá, or Path of the Itzaes (a few steps from this marker); Pre-Columbian Time, End of Period (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Bacalar - 1729 (about 240 meters away); Cenotes, Fresh Water Supply
Bacalar Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 31, 2019
2. Bacalar Marker
The marker is the farthest to the left in this view of three markers.
(approx. 0.3 kilometers away); a different marker also named Bacalar (approx. half a kilometer away); Bacalar in the XVI Century (approx. half a kilometer away); K'atunes or Periods of History (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bacalar.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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Oct. 3, 2023