In April I travelled to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Travelling from Tulum to Merida to Campeche and then round to Holbox island we were able to stop at a number of the beautiful Hacienda buildings on our way. In recent years many of these Haciendas have been restored to their former glory.
These haciendas date back to the 17th and 18th Centuries. Haciendas functioned as plantations in were producers of henequen, or sisal, a strong fiber derived from the agave plant used to make twine and rope. Haciendas were the the source of the Yucatan’s wealth during the Colonial Era. Henequen was known as “green gold”. In the mid 20th Century the industry declined due to the production of synthetic fibres and the manufacturing of these in alternative products. Many of these haciendas as plantations were in Southern US used slavery andRead More