Let us know history of Cancun-one of the biggest and greatest vacation spots in Mexican History.
Four decades ago, Cancun was a deserted island and few even knew of its existence. The coast was comprised of marshes, mangroves, virgin jungle and unexplored beaches.
The name Cancún, Cancum or Cankun first appears on 18th century maps. The meaning of Cancun is unknown, and it is also unknown whether the name is of Maya origin. If it is of Maya origin, possible translations include “Enchanted Snake”.
Early History of Cancun Mexico
Let’s go on a journey back through time into the ancient civilization of the Mayans. You’ve probably heard of the famous archeological sites of Chichen Itza and Tulum. Do you know what these pyramids were used for? Human Sacrifice, you say. Not quite. They were temples to the Mayan god of the sun. Archaeologists today date them to somewhere around 5th to 9th century when the Mayan empire was in full swing. They controlled almost all of the Yucatan and most of Central America during their reign over this jungle territory.
When the conquistadors arrived with small pox and swords, it was the end to this once fruitful civilization. And for a while, after the slow diseased massacre of the Mayans, these famous archeological sites laid dormant in the jungle, as well as the area that would become Cancun. It was just sand ad nothing more. And then in the 1970s, it was time to party.
Cancun emerged from the jungle in the early seventies as a result of a governmental plan to develop tourist infrastructure in Mexico.
President Echeverilla put the gears in motion to start promoting tourism in Mexico in a big way and he wanted to do it in the depopulated area known to the Mayans as the Throne of the Snake. They say that there were only three people living in the area when they broke ground. Because of lack of investors, the Mexican government put up the capital to finance the first hotels.
Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, it was carefully developed with hotels, gardens, resorts in Cancun until it was opened to tourism in 1974.
Once built many Mexicans emigrated from the surrounding areas to the town to take home a little of the cash cow that it would become. The town quickly became one of the premier beach vacation destinations in the world.
Acapulco (name means ‘plain of dense reeds’) slowly became second to this goliath. And now with the younger generations, Cancun rings first and authoritatively over its older brother.
Today the island is thought of as a city and is home to over 750,000 residents. Financially the city is sound, even during the economic crisis. The people still want the beach and sun. From 1989 to date, it has been the nation’s most dynamic city.
It contributes a large percentage of Mexico’s tourism-related revenue. It has become the country’s largest tourism resort and is the most prosperous city in the Yucatán Peninsula.