Andres Quintana Roo was born in Merida, Yucatan on November 30, 1787. He studied in the Seminario de San Idelfonso de Mérida, and eventually moved to Mexico City, where he completed his studies to become a lawyer. Andres Quintana Roo became one of the most influential men during the War of Independence. After the war, he was a member of the Constitutional Assembly, thus he actually had a hand in creating the Mexican Declaration of Independence in 1813. He also served Mexico as a Legislator, Senator, Secretary of State and the Supreme Court. His father, José Matías Quintana , established the first printing press which printed the first newspapers on the Yucatán Peninsula. Andres Quintana Roo followed in his footsteps by also serving as editor and Manager of Semanario Patriótico (Weekly Patriotic). He died on April 15, 1851 in Mexico City. His remains lie next to those of his wife, Leona, in the mausoleum of the Column of Independence in Mexico City. The state of Quintana Roo was named after him. For more information, check out this page.

In order to commemorate the rich cultural history of Mexico, starting in this week’s Cozumel 4 You, we’ll be running a weekly feature about some of the founders of the nation, the state of Quintana Roo, and even some stories about important island personalities.  This is the third year we’ve run such a series, which include several guest pieces written by Monica Sauza.   The Mexican History series has been very popular and educational as well; we’re looking forward to another great year.


This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!…

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 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 weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, 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.
Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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