Happy 169th. anniversary San Miguel de Cozumel!

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Just this November 21, San Miguel de Cozumel celebrated the 169th. anniversary of its foundation. In 1518 the Spaniard Juan de Grijalva arrived to the Island of Cozumel. Later, after the Spanish conquest, the conquistadors were no longer interested in the Island and it was practically uninhabited for almost 300 years, visited only by pirates and corsairs. By 1848 the Island was repopulated by families who fled from the War of Castes that was taking place in the State of Yucatán, and upon the request of these families, by 1849 the Government and Congress of Yucatán authorized the foundation of the town of San Miguel in honor of Archangel Michael, patron saint of the Island. In 1935, by presidential decree the Territory of Quintana Roo was created and the then Governor, Rafael E. Melgar, eliminated the names of saints, thus the name of the Island remained only as Cozumel, as

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dictated by the 1975 Constitution. The City Chronicler, Velio Vivas Valdez, indicated he has no news yet if there will be any events to commemorate the 169 years of the creation Cozumel.

Happy Anniversary San Miguel de Cozumel!!!

¡Feliz aniversario 169 San Miguel de Cozumel!

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Justo este 21 de noviembre San Miguel de Cozumel celebró 169 años de su fundación. En 1518 el español Juan de Grijalva llegó a la Isla de Cozumel. Posterior a la conquista española, a los conquistadores ya no les interesaba la Isla y ésta quedo prácticamente deshabitada durante casi 300 años, visitada sólo por piratas y corsarios. Para 1848 la Isla fue repoblada por familias que huían de la Guerra de Castas que tenía lugaren Yucatán; y, a solicitud de estas familias, en 1849 el Gobierno y Congreso de Yucatán autorizaron la fundación del poblado de San Miguel en honor al Arcángel Miguel, santo patrono de la Isla. En 1935, por decreto presidencial se crea el Territorio de y el entonces Gobernador, Rafael E. Melgar, eliminó los nombres de santos; de ahí que el nombre de la Isla prevaleciera  sólo como Cozumel, tal como lo dicta la Constitución de 1975. El Cronista de la Ciudad, Velio Vivas Valdez, manifesto queaún desconoce si tendrá lugar algún evento para conmemorar los 169 años de la creación de Cozumel.

¡Feliz Aniversario San Miguel de Cozumel!!!


Monica Sauza

Translator & Author at Cozumel 4 You
Another escapee from Mexico City, Monica has made Cozumel her definite home. Since her arrival in 1981 she’s worked in tourism in all the usual venues: hotels, scuba diving, airport, ferries, etc., also as legal assistant until the opportunity to practice her interests and career grew. Monica has provided consulting services, interpreting & translating documents and has assisted foreigners and Island residents to establish residence and businesses. She’s been an Expert Translator appointed by the State Supreme Court since 1997.
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