Cozumel History Book

Cozumel’s Official Historian Launches New Book

 “Naufragios; Entre Historia y Leyenda” …..

Cozumel’s official town historian Velio Vivas Valdés, recently presented his most recent book entitled “Naufragios; Entre Historia y Leyenda” (“Naufragios; Between History and Legend”) for an upcoming event at the Cozumel Planetarium,  Cha’aan Ka’an.


During the lecture, the historian explained that part of the book deals with pirates, shipwreck and legends, “experiences from my childhood; stories that I heard from my grandparents, that I heard from my father and that somehow remained printed in my memory, ” stated Professor Velio Vivas Valdés.


The new book contains stories about pirates, including a group of French privateers who attacked the island, between 1571 and 1572.    “These are stories related to shipwrecks that, over the centuries, have somehow influenced the history of Cozumel. It begins with the sinking of the ship in which Gonzalo Guerrero came, the shipwreck that occurs in Jamaica and Gonzalo Guerrero comes to the coasts of the Peninsula, and ends with the fire of the ship called Claudio Canto Anduze.”


The book is currently available only in Spanish.  No word as of yet if it will be translated into other languages.


Professor Velio Vivas Valdes, the official “cronista,” or historian of the island, most notably, his publication entitled “Forjadores,” (Founders) which chronicles much of the early history of the island.  Additionally, he has written a book, which is also available on-line regarding Hurricane Wilma and Cozumel.  A Cozumel island resident since his birth here in 1943, Professor Vivas V. has published much of his writing and Cozumel’s history.


El cronista oficial de Cozumel lanza un nuevo libro

“Naufragios; entre historia y leyenda” . . .

Velio Vivas Valdés, el cronista de la ciudad, para un evento en el Planetario Cha’aan Ka’an de Cozumel  presentó su libro más reciente, titulado “Naufragios; entre historia y leyenda”.


Durante la ponencia, el cronista explicó que parte del libro trata de piratas, naufragios y leyendas. “Experiencias de mi niñez; historias que escuché de mis abuelos, de mi padre y que de alguna forma quedaron indelebles en mi memoria”, manifestó el profesor Velio Vivas Valdés.


El nuevo libro contiene historias acerca de piratas e incluye a un grupo de corsarios que atacaron la Isla en los años 1571 y 1572. “Estas historias tienen que ver con naufragios que, al paso de los siglos, de alguna manera han influido la historia de Cozumel. Comienza con el hundimiento de la embarcación en la cual llegó Gonzalo Guerrero;  el naufragio que ocurrió en Jamaica y Gonzalo Guerrero llega a las costas de la Península. Y finaliza con incendio de la embarcación llamada “Claudio Canto Anduze”.”


En la actualidad el libro sólo se encuentra en español. Aún no se sabe si se traducirá a otros idiomas.


El profesor Velio Vivas Valdés es el cronista oficial o historiador de la Isla. Su publicación más notable se titula “Forjadores” donde se relata gran parte de la historia de la Isla. Asimismo, ha escrito un libro también disponible en línea sobre el huracán Wilma y Cozumel. El profesor Vivas V. ha residido en la Isla de Cozumel desde su nacimiento en el año 1943 y ha publicado la mayor parte de sus obras y la historia de Cozumel. 


Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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