Some events in the life of a city or area help us define time. In recent memory, there was an event called Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 by which we remember and mark time, because the mangroves and dunes along the north coast were rearranged and a new cut appeared in the barrier island and bell towers were felled. romantic hotels in Merida, hotels centro Merida, hotels downtown Merida
In Yucatan’s history, in 1936 specifically, an event propitiated by a presidential degree changed the political and economic life of Yucatan, and by it we mark time. It was the expropriation of the henequen haciendas, at which time there were almost three hundred castle like estates with the Mayan workers and their overlords living in a semi-feudal society, similar to the plantation system of the American Southern cotton plantations.
Fernando Solis, the owner of our house during that time and also the owner of one of the largest henequen haciendas, was a lawyer. He had inherited the land and castle, and Mayan workers from his father, Vicente Solis, the architect, engineer and lawyer, who in turn had inherited it from his father before him.
And it was here in this room, which Fernando, the lawyer, had used as his despacho juridico, that he, as part of the comite, met with el Presidente Generalissmo Lázaro Cárdenas, and debated the terms of the expropriation of the henequen haciendas of Yucatan . according to Roger Pinkus, historian, reporter, and member by marriage of the Solis Camara family, whose wife also inherited one of the five historic homes in a row in el centro on calle 68 which Vicente constructed for several of his children.
MIGUEL ANGEL BRECEDA SOLIS CAMARA
Conocí la hacienda Xcanchacán hace ya cuarenta años, y me sorprendió el grado de pobreza en el que se encontraban los habitantes de la misma. Me dijeron que la había expropiado Lázaro Cárdenas, y que se la había entregado a los trabajadores de ella, para hacerlos campesinos. También me dijeron que mi abuelo Don Fernando Solís Cámara había sido el ultimo propietario, ante de la expropiación o estatización, casado con Doña Emma Gómez López. Pero lo que recuerdo es que cuando llegamos varios de los habitantes de la hacienda la reconocieron y le dijeron textualmente que "La hacienda era de ella, que se la regresaban, porque se estaban muriendo de hambre". Tristeza para ella y para los que la acompañábamos, pero sin poder solucionarlo. La hacienda ya no era de mi abuela. Saludos.