Sunday, September 20, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, September 20

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 Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports a dozen more cases for a total of 193, with 13 deaths and 134 recovered.

For 9/19, the state geoportal reports 13 active cases by colonia as La Gloria-6, Salina Chica-2, Ampl la Gloria-2,  Salina Grande-1, El Canotal-1, Miraflores-1, and none on the mainland. 

On the national map for 9/19, the municipality reports 16 suspicious and 80 negatives  (and 181 confirmed with 13 deaths) 

     Incidence Rates have improved state-wide, and while ours is the best it has been in the past month, Isla Mujeres is still the worst municipality in the state at 6.67 cases per 10,000 residents. In the Northern Zone, Holbox (LC) is next worst at 5.87, and all the other municipalities are all less than 2. They are: Cozumel-0.93, Tulum-1.22, PDC/Solidaridad-1.24, and Cancun/BJ & Puerto Morelos-1.41. In the Southern Zone, Chetumal/OTB is second-worst in the state at 6.65.
      The Growth Rate of cases in the Northern Zone has steadily declined this past month, as you can see in the third graphic.
     The Incidence rates are on the interactive state geoportal and the Growth Rates are on the daily reports, updated each Monday.

      On Sept. 19, 1861, a steamship carrying enslaved Mayans to Cuba sank two miles offshore from the Yucatan peninsula. The number of Mayan prisoners who died is unknown, because they were considered merchandise and not included in the casualty records. Half of the 80 crew members and 40 passengers perished.
     Although slavery had been abolished in Mexico in 1829, the Governor of Yucatan issued a decree during the Caste War authorizing the contracting of Mayan prisoners to work on Cuban haciendas, which was done at the port of Sisal.
In 1860, a year before 'La Union" sank, the steamer was surprised in Campeche carrying 29 Mayans, including children aged 7-10, but the public derision did not put an end to their human trafficking.
     There was a clandestine trade along the eastern coast mentioned in nautical histories involving boats that anchored in Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. For example, the Mexican Consul in La Habana, Cuba, reported that on July 23, 1853, J.B. Anduce, in the "Jenny Lind", chartered from Belize, had kidnapped natives, who were transported to a Spanish ship that was part of Franciso Marti y Torrens' fleet in Isla Mujeres. Anduce was detained by the British of Belize and spent four years in prison for the crime of being a "thief of men" and Marti, at the benevolence of the authorities of Cuba (he was from La Habana), was forced to return the natives to their country. It is known that 21 of 36 returned to Yucatan, to be imprisoned or sold again. In 1861, the trafficking of Mayas to Cuba was prohibited under penalty of death by Benito Juarez. LINK   to article by INAH about La Union being the first ship identified as a slave ship for transporting Mayans. 

In my previous post about transporting enslaved Mayans to Cuba, I mentioned Juan Bautiste Anduce, a Mexican who was imprisoned in Belize for four years for human trafficking of Mayans to Cuba. There is other evidence of his involvement in this region's slave trade, according to reports from Isla Mujeres officials, at that time. (Isla Mujeres was founded in August of 1850).
On May 10th, 1851, the Cozumel Harbor Master noted that the boat "Sol" was saved from a shipwreck while carrying nine "servants" of Anduce, of whom two died and seven escaped, according to the captain, Feliciano Godoy.
In June, Godoy was transporting more "servants" of Anduce when he anchored the Sol in a cove at Isla Holbox. While he and the two crew members were sleeping, the natives killed Godoy and wounded the crewmen, who fought back, knocking several of their attackers into the sea. The sailors removed the white family living on the island, for their protection, and the Isla Mujeres Justice of the Peace (Bartolome Magana) sent a boat to pursue the escaped "servants". They found four corpses on the beach, but had to abandon their search due to intense rain.
In early July, another group of islanders went to Holbox, where they killed four of the escapees, and there were two whose fate is unknown.
In his report about these incidents, Sr. Magana also noted that four natives escaped while en route to Cozumel on the boat "Petrona", which was transporting four male and nine female natives for Colonel Cetina, a Caste War hero. These native "servants" who would risk death or kill to escape were being taken to Cuba, as slaves, in fishing boats that visited Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.
At that time, Tizimin was the center of government for Isla Mujeres, and the head of the political party there was involved with trafficking Mayas to Cuba, whose brother Pedro married the daughter of Benito Juarez. (It was President Juarez who prohibited the trafficking of Mayas to Cuba, under penalty of death, in 1861.) Anduce was based in Rio Lagartos. The port of Sisal isn't on the map because it was replaced by Progreso, to its east. It is suspected that Mundaca may have been involved in this slave trade, since he made his fortune transporting African slaves to Cuba, before buying 40% of Isla Mujeres in the mid-1800's.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 After Sunset--Sept 2 at 7:42
  Sept 3      8:15 
 Sept 4      8:48
Sept 5       9:21
Sept 6       9:54
Sept 7     10:30

 Sunset  7:02-6:35pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:31-6:38am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in September. They nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills.

Swimming with the whale sharks may continue until the end of September. They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas.  Photo by Tony Garcia

Wednesday, Sept. 16--Independence Day  (The Grito is read by the Mayor each year on the night of the 15th, which will presumably be done virtually this year.)

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to NHC   


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