Rafael Eustacio Melgar Andrade was a Mexican soldier and politician, who was born in Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán, Oaxaca in 1887.    He fought in his home state during the Mexican Revolution and attained the rank of General. He then served as Mexico’s ambassador to Holland.  He was appointed Governor of the Territory of Quintana Roo, by President General Lazaro Cardenas on February 11, 1935. Melgar served as Governor until December 1940.

During his administration he oversaw numerous public works in Quintana Roo, and especially Cozumel.  He is credited with the creation of Cozumel’s fiscal pier, and and the seawall downtown, which still bears his name to this day.  He was instrumental in the creation of the Museo de la Isla.  He died in Mexico City  on March 21 1959

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