Mérida is the capital and largest city in Yucatan state in Mexico, as well as the largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula. It is located about 22 miles from the coast. The current population of the metropolitan area of Merida is about 1.2 million inhabitants.
A free walking tour group comes to our little plaza every morning around 11:00, but we have never joined it. So far we’re doing Merida on our own, in our own way, slowly meandering a few blocks this way and that way.
There were three Spanish conquistadors named “Francisco de Montejo.” Francisco de Montejo – the eldest; his son Francisco de Montejo y León, aka “el Mozo” and a nephew, Francisco de Montejo.
Francisco de Montejo y León (“el Mozo”) founded Mérida in 1542 naming it after the town of Mérida in Extremadura, Spain.
“If we go back to 1690 and imagine the fear of the pirate invasions, a fear that was shared with the neighboring state of Campeche, as well as the need to define the division between where the Spanish and “criollos” (offspring of the Spaniards that were born in America) lived and the indigenous people (“mulatos” and “mestizos”) lived, we can understand why the project of building a city wall with arches at the main entry/exit points was developed. Not all the planned arches were built, but eight were erected. Only three have survived the test of time.,,”
Around the turn of the 20th century, Mérida was said to be home to more millionaires than any other city in the world. The area surrounding Mérida prospered from the production of henequen, a fiber from the agave plant, which is suitable for rope and twine. Henequen has been called the “Green Gold.”
Congratulations for reading this far! I know, it was a lot of photos.
We’ve been in Mérida two weeks. I’ve been on a mission to sample all the unique Yucatecan culinary specialties. There’s a lot of them! I’ll tell you all about them next time I Meet You in the Morning from Mérida.