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Process begun for voter card renewal
To be delivered later this month
Inicia trámite para renovar la credencial de elector
Martes, 02 de Julio de 2013 21:06
Se entregarán a finales de mes
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de julio.-
Citizen's whose credentials have dates of termination in 2009 and 2012 need renewa, because they are no longer valid after December. They can be processed between Tuesday July 2 and Friday, July 5, to avoid problems for the election July 7th when mayors & congressional representatives will be elected. The office is at the Community Plaza in La Gloria.
A tourist from Guadalajara (Alejandro Estefano) was rescued, alive but naked, at Manchones hours after the sea took him at Punta Cancun. (TVIM)
The boat Gloria Judiht, associated with the coop Justicia Social rescued him, while assisting the Harbor Master (Cockteleria Justicia Social)
Rescatan a turista en los Manchones luego de ser devorado por el marIsla Mujeres. – Un turista originario de Guadalajara, quien respondió al nombre de Alejandro EstefanoCockteleria Justicia Isla Mujeres fue rescatada por la embarcasion GLORIA JUDIHT. en apoyo a la capitania de puerto. una labor social mas de la coop. justicia social.la libraste muchacho.Tourist Rescued At Sea
TVIM reports: Alejandro Estefano Torres,22, of Guadalajara, was found naked, clinging to a buoy, by the tourist boat "Mantadiver" in the Parque Marino, and they notified the Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres shortly after 2pm. The man explained that he had gone swimming at Punta Cancun and the current had dragged him away from shore. After several hours he reached the area of the buoys and held on. The vessel "Gloria Judit" arrived with Red Cross paramedics, the Harbor Master, and officers with Public Safety (the police). The tourist had only slight symptoms of dehydration and was generally in good health. He remained under medical observation for about two hours, and made contact with his family, then decided to go on his own in a boat to Puerto Juarez where his family was apparently waiting for him.
Noticias de El Quintanarroense
Summer activities beginning .Alistan las actividades de verano
Ovidio Lopez.This has already been translated & is about the annual kid's program during summer holidays: Programa Recreativo Deportivo Vacacional “Baaxlo’ob Paalalo’ob” (juego de niños),
Noticias de Quequi......
Diario La Verdad
Bajó la afluencia turística[+] Ver mas
The clouds and rainy weather on Tuesday caused by Tropical Wave #6 affected tourism negatively in Isla Mujeres.
Possible closure of the port (to small vessels)
Posible cierre del puerto[+] Ver mas
Due to Tropical Wave #6, caution is advised and the port may be closed to boats under 40 feet if the rains persist on Wednesday. The cloudy weather will continue to affect the coast and the lobster fishermen are affected by that and the possibility of being restricted to port. The Harbor Master advises boaters to remain attentive to the weather reports.
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On The Fourth of July, 1848
In Washington DC, President Polk Signed The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the US occupation of Mexico.
The Mexican-American War began in May 1846 & was known in Mexico as La Intervención Estadounidense
What does that have to do with the founding of Isla Mujeres?
The Mexican War altered the United States and its history, as well as the history of Isla Mujeres. During eighteen months of fighting, the U.S. Army won a series of decisive battles, captured ~half of Mexico's territory, and nearly doubled the territories of the United States.The conflict added approximately one million square miles of land to the United States, including the important deep-water ports of coastal California.
Before Mexico achieved its independence in 1821, Spaniards and the criollos, or Mexican-born Spaniards, made up only 20 percent of Mexico's population, but controlled the country's government and economy. Criollos maintained control after independence, with divisions between liberal and conservative factions, with the latter advocating the instillation of a strong centralized government, having Catholicism as the official state religion, and limiting voting rights to the privileged few. The liberals supported giving the states more power, expanding voting rights, and religious tolerance, but they were subdivided into various factions. After independence, the government in Mexico City remained in disarray and was burdened by economic stagnation and growing national debt. Political instability and the distance between the capital and many of the states enabled the provincial governments to enjoy a wide degree of autonomy
When the US occupied Mexico in 1846,, the government was theoretically a representative democracy, operating under the Constitution of 1824, which created a federal system modeled on the US Constitution, with the same three branches of government, electing legislative and executive officials by popular vote.
However, in reality, only a fraction of Mexico's population met the property requirements necessary to vote. For example in Mexico City, less than 1% of the 200,000 people could vote and statistics were lower in the outlaying areas. This was a common cause for rebellions across Mexico, including an insurrection among indigenous peoples that spread across 60,000 square miles in 1844 near Acapulco, and battles along the Rio Grande that led to the war in 1846.
In 1845, Mexico's borders included more than one-third of the North American continent, with a population of slightly more than seven million people. North of the Rio Grande, Mexico's holdings extended from the western borders of Texas and the Arkansas River in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west. The holdings included more than one million square miles of land in what today are the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The geography included portions of the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, desserts, valuable agricultural land, and important deep water ports.
Ever since winning independence from Mexico in 1836, the Republic of Texas had insisted that the Rio Grande constituted the border separating it from Mexico. Mexico, however, set the line some 150 miles north at the highlands between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande. When the United States accepted Texas's application for statehood in December 1845, it inherited the Texan claim. Mexico did not recognize the Republic of Texas.
The United States coveted Mexico's lands north of the Rio Grande to support its rapidly growing population of approximately eleven million by 1840. Looking westward to expand, the nation justified its demand for land with the concept of Manifest Destiny, a belief that God willed it to control the entire North American land mass.
In an attempt to settle Texas border questions and to secure California, between 1842 and 1845 the U.S. government offered to purchase both regions from Mexico, on several occasions. Mexico City refused all overtures because Mexican popular opinion insisted that the government preserve all of the territory that the nation had wrested from Spain. At the onset of the war, President Polk's objectives were to seize as much territory in northeastern Mexico as possible.
By 1848, the success of General Scott's campaigns against the Mexican Army resulted in a destabilization of the power structure. Without fear of reprisals, peasants across the country rose up in revolt, targeting the wealthy elite. The US officials realized that if the peasant revolts that swept through Veracruz targeted Scott's army, all would be lost. With the revolts growing steadily in size, frequency, and violence, they were threatening to engulf the US forces.
Between 1846 and 1848, there had been 35 separate outbreaks of revolt across Mexico, among the now armed peasants, against the wealthy elite and symbols of federal authority. A large revolt in the Yucatan peninsula in early 1848 pitted 30,000 Mayans against wealthy white land owners and merchants. The governor issued a plea for help, saying the peasants were waging a "war of extermination against the whites".
This destabilization by the American military forces led to the founding of Isla Mujeres, which occurred after refugees fled the Yucatan during these indigenous revolts, which evolved into the Caste War. Thousands of people escaped the peninsula via Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. Before this occurred, Isla Mujeres had been a temporary base for pirates & fishermen, lacking permanent settlements. When Stephens & Catherwood visited in 1843, they found no residences, except a few abandoned Cuban fishing shacks. Isla Mujeres has had a continuous, permanent community since it was founded in 1850.
The Americans were also concerned that if there was no centralized government in place, there could be no peace treaty with Mexico to legally guarantee the US acquisition of the desired territories.The Mexican elite realized the necessity of reaching some kind of peace accord with the Americans, since they were facing a desperate need to rebuild their military to regain control over the peasants. They were facing a northern aggressor that wanted territory and fearing a race war that could destroy them. President Polk spoke about the importance of Mexico's regeneration and prosperity to the US, both politically and commercially. After 22 months of war, peace was negotiated.
Mexico recognized US sovereignty over Texas, with a border at the Rio Grande, and ceded Upper California & New Mexico, which eventually became the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, as well as portions of Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. Mexicans in the annexed areas were given the option of moving to Mexico or becoming US citizens, and over 90% remained, according to some sources. The US paid 15 million dollars as part of the peace agreement, and provided the Mexican military with thousands of modern weapons and ammunition at greatly reduced prices.
Although record keeping in the 1800's does not account for many people who died in the war, statistics indicate that nearly 80,000 Americans served and over 1500 were killed and ~4000 wounded, while 11,550 soldiers died from disease or accidental death.
Source: The Occupation of Mexico May 1846-July 1848 CMH online (The info on Isla Mujeres comes from newspaper reports at the time of the refugees fleeing quoted in Hecho en Yucatan, & the Stephens & Catherwood info comes from their book.)
Map from Wikimedia
The key says: Pink=States
The Key says... (map from emerson-kent co)
1. Texas in 1845
2. Territory claimed by Texas from Mexico, and ceded by Mexico to the US in 1848
3. Other territory ceded by Mexico in 1848
4. Mexico in 1848
Treaty of Hidalgo & ending of US-Mexican War
(It is the oldest treaty still in force between the US & Mexico)
Since 1848 Native Americans and Mexican Americans have struggled to achieve political and social equality within the United States, often citing the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo as a document that promised civil and property rights. Although the treaty promised U.S. citizenship to former Mexican citizens, the Native Americans in the ceded territories, who in fact were Mexican citizens, were not given full U.S. citizenship until the 1930s. Former Mexican citizens were almost universally considered foreigners by the U.S. settlers who moved into the new territories. In the first half century after ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, hundreds of state, territorial, and federal legal bodies produced a complex tapestry of conflicting opinions and decisions bearing on the meaning of the treaty. The property rights seemingly guaranteed in Articles VIII and IX of the treaty (and in the Protocol of Queretaro) were not all they seemed. In. U.S. courts, the property rights of former Mexican citizens in California, New Mexico, and Texas proved to be fragile. Within a generation the Mexican-Americans became a disenfranchised, poverty-stricken minority. Excerpt fromFrom PBS.
Earlier expectations that the U.S. would seize all of Mexico had faded away. Once tens of thousands of American soldiers had seen the totally alien political, social and cultural situation, they warned their fellow Americans away from annexation. Polk therefore submitted this treaty to the United States Senate. Provisions of the Treaty included ...... 5) the property rights enjoyed by the Hispanic population under Mexican rule would be respected by the United States, and the inhabitants would have one year to return to Mexico or stay and become full-fledged American citizens.
Legal disputes over land grants by Mexico tied up the courts for decades. California was a sleepy distant underpopulated land at the start of the war. But gold in northern California brought 100,000 miners, and the area became a state in 1850. The Californios (Latinos) lived on ranches in southern California and were little affected by the gold rush.
In Mexico, those areas that remained in Mexico saw very hard times after 1848, as the Indian raids intensified, drought ruined farming and cholera epidemics raged; mines were abandoned, and many villagers fled. Wasserman's description of Chihuahua applies as well to other states in northern Mexico:
The devastation at mid-century virtually wiped the slate clean. The state's mines were filled with water and caved in; its pasture land was empty. Those haciendas not abandoned by their owners were fortified with thick walls. The once-flourishing commerce of the northern trade routes was ruined. State government barely functioned. Factionalism tore apart its politics. Chihuahuans lived under siege in constant fear."↑ Mark Wasserman, "Capitalists, Caciques, and Revolution: The Native Elite and Foreign Enterprise in Chihuahua, Mexico, 1854-1911. (1984). Page 25.
It is said that this aggression and taking of 55% of Mexico's territory, as well as the military occupations of Mexico City and Veracruz, have resulted in an unbalanced relationship between the two countries, and a deep seated mistrust of the American government that exists to this day.
Meanwhile, in the Yucatan, a horrible war began. The peninsula offered itself to the US, and a few other countries. The US declined the offer, and warned the Yucatan government against offering itself to other countries, which conflicted with the US policy of Manifest Destiny. Thousands of non- indigenous residents fled the Yucatan, catching boats from Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.
JULY....In Mexican History....
1519 Hernan Cortes sends a letter to King Charles V of Spain notifying him of the founding of Villa Rica, Veracruz, the first "new" settlement in Spanish territories in the Americas. Accompanying the letter are various unusual gifts including several indigenous people. July 10th
1520 The Spanish Conquistadors, led by Hernan Cortes, enter the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan and begin to destroy the city, house by house. July 20
1529 Charles V of Spain grants Hernan Cortes the land on which the National Palace stands today, in the center of Mexico City. July 27
1530 The Government of New Spain passes a law which prohibits native Mexicans from using or owning horses. Legend has it that the first woman to ride a horse had been Eréndira, a niece of the Tarascan Indian Emperor, about ten years earlier. July 12th
1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo makes known to his fellow conspirators (Allende, Aldama, Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, Abasolo and others) his plans for starting a rebellion against Spain, designed to result in an independent Mexico. July 23
1915 Porfirio Diaz (born September 15, 1830) dies in Paris. Diaz was President for more than 30 years, serving a total of 7 terms from 1877-1880 and 1884-1911. His rule ended with the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. A much decorated General, Diaz had fought against the Americans (1847), the French (1862-4) and the Imperialists (1864-7). The nation's railroad and highway system were greatly improved by his administration. His critics demanded "No more re-election". Today, Mexican presidents are not allowed to serve more than one six-year term in office. July 2
1823. At the Congress of the United Provinces of Central America, held in Guatemala City, it is decided that Nicaragua and Guatemala (who had joined Mexico of their own volition on January 5, 1822) should be separate entities. The Province of Chiapas votes in favor of remaining with Mexico. July 1
1825 Joel Poinsett presents his credentials as the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to President Guadalupe Victoria. Poinsett is better remembered for having introduced the Nochebuena plant (today known as the poinsettia) to the U.S. July 12
1826 The United Kingdom finally recognizes the Independence of Mexico. Independence from Spain had been "achieved" or "granted" (depending on which side of the Atlantic you come from) in 1821. July 16
1829 Spanish expeditionary forces, 4000 strong and led by General Isidro Barradas, land on the coast of Veracruz hoping to reestablish Spanish control over Mexico. They surrender September 11. July 26
1848 US occupation of Mexico ends, which began in May 1846. At the conclusion of this conflict, the U.S. had added some one million square miles of territory, including what are now the states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, as well as portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada. This newly acquired land became a battleground between advocates for the expansion of slavery and those who opposed its spread. These sectional and political differences contributed to the start of the American Civil War, thirteen years later.
1867 President Benito Juárez enters Mexico City in triumph, after fighting the French and defeating the supporters of Maximilian. This signals the start of the Mexican Republic. July 15
1872 President Benito Juárez dies while still in office. Considered one of Mexico's finest politicians, Juárez came from a humble background in the state of Oaxaca. He rose through the ranks of state politics to become State Governor and entered the national political arena as Justice Minister in 1855. He became national President in 1858 & was reelected in 1861, and faced an international diplomatic crisis that same year when he announced a suspension of foreign debt payments. Settlements were reached with England and Spain but France invades Mexico the following year. Subsequently, Juárez leads the fight against Emperor Maximilian and regains the presidency in 1867. July 18
1923 Francisco "Pancho" Villa dies in Hidalgo de Parral, Chihuahua. He was one of the most formidable figures in the Mexican Revolution. On one occasion in 1916, he even crossed into the U.S. to attack the fort in Columbus, New Mexico, in retaliation for the U.S.'s recognition of Carranza as President. July 18
Sources: Mexconnect, History US gov,
MVC Presents...Upcoming Events!
Monday July 1 Lobster Season Begins (And Lobster tacos return to Soggy Peso on Mondays!)
Thursday, July 4 at 4-7pm Town Square Art Fair
Fourth of July parties...
Casa de los Suenos has BBQ & Banda Sin Nombre
Soggy Peso usually has one with BBQ, maybe mariachis
other places you're likely to find folks celebrating...
Chuuk Kay, Miguel's Moonlight, Iguana's, Fenix...
Friday, July 5 7p (?) Town Square Stage Senior Citizen's Beauty & Talent Contest
Saturday, July 6 9am-11am La Gloria English School Yard Sale
Sunday, July 7 Elections: Alcohol will be less available & not for sale at grocery stores & carryout locations. Tourist-oriented businesses that serve food are usually allowed to sell beer & cocktails to foreigners, and may require a food purchase.
Saturday, July 13 11am Fenix Art Expo & Corona Beach Party
Saturday, July 20 9am Children's fishing tournament Weigh in-1pm
It is currently the season for swimming with the whale sharks, and turtles are mating offshore & nesting on the eastern beaches. The mating is visible by day, especially off Punta Sur, the South Point. The nesting happens in the wee hours, and there are Tortugranja personnel, volunteers, and Naval staff monitoring the beaches to prevent people from disrupting them, and to gather and transport the eggs for incubation.
By far, most of the turtles nesting in Isla Mujeres are Green turtles (called Blancas in Spanish), and the second most common are the huge Loggerheads, and there are some Hawksbills. The Green turtles take ~60 days to hatch and the hatchlings are released by the public at events at dusk on Media Luna or Guadalupana beaches. The releases will begin in about a month & be held periodically until early October.
Lately the water has been very calm and there have been many manta rays, with many swimming upside down, in addition to many whale sharks. Offshore from MVC, we have been seeing dolphins & turtles from the balcony, and lotsa big fish while snorkeling.
There are small red crabs that migrate to & from the sea in July, watch out for them at night on the coastal road at the southeastern part of the isle.
Live Music Wednesday In Isla Mujeres
Casa de los Suenos 4-7 Banda Sin Nombre Half priced appetizers LINk fb
Iguanas 6:30-8:30 Jazz Tapas Special Sometimes LINK Fb
Sunset Grill 6-7:30 Keyboard & Vocals LINK
Bally Hoo 7-9 Sol Rockers
Bahia Tortuga 7p Melekai Joe & Open mic LINK
El Patio 8:30-11 La Guera & Willys Blues LINK
Cafe del Mar 8 -10 (?) LINK LINK
Faynes 8-10 Raul Alexis
Faynes Banda Sin Nombre 10:30-12:15 LINK
John Cain's schedule is
Tuesday- Cafe Del Mar, 8-10, solo guitar & vocals
Wednesday- Bally Hoo, 7-9, Sol Rockers band
Friday- Iguana Bar-7-9, solo guitar & vocals
Sunday- Bahia Tortuga- 7-9, Sol Rockers band
On the internet in the past 24 hours...
Jason Szolosi shared Casa de los Sueños's photo.
Come out and Join us for our Big 4th of July Celebration this Thursday starting at 3:00. Bring your swim suit and relax in the ocean while enjoying live music by La Banda Sin Nombre. We will have a special "Back Yard BBQ" menu as well as drink and shot specials all night. Once the sun goes down enjoy all the fireworks in Cancun!
Mexico to play bigger role in protecting sea turtles From La Prensa (In English)
Specials Today at Manolitos!!...Featured in the Menu & Delivery Blog: The Restaurant Guide
Photo by Maria Elsy Avalos Galue
Photo by Ixchel 709
Bruce at Social Justicia
Photo by Bruce at Justicia Social Restaurant this winter
Tony Garcia added 2 new photos.
Bruce Post sunset this evening.
The PRI campaign closed Tuesday and the PAN campaign closes today. I will publish a photo of that one to be balanced. And if you are curious about the FUC activists, you can read about them HERE. The next parade will be when the winner is announced, meanwhile everyone will enjoy the respite from the loudspeakers.
Isla Mujeres -Video of Rojo the beach dog by Rob Herrin..beentravelin
Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres
Last 24 hrs "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam: LINK
The Early Edition has headlines & newspaper photographs.
This Afternoon/Final Edition has translated articles, events, & original photos with the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
Usually if there is a headline, but no translation, it was probably published in another paper recently, and the information was translated.in a previous post, usually in the past couple days.
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