This second group was headed by friar Andrés de Avendaño. [52] There they were seized by Halach Uinik, a Maya lord. De León marched to a Maya city named Quezalli by his Nahuatl-speaking allies with a force of fifty Spaniards; his Mexican allies also referred to the city by the name Sacatepequez. [161] The Mazariegos family managed to establish a power base in the local colonial institutions and, in 1535, they succeeded in having San Cristóbal de los Llanos declared a city, with the new name of Ciudad Real. [36] In the centuries preceding the arrival of the Spanish the K'iche' had carved out a small empire covering a large part of the western Guatemalan Highlands and the neighbouring Pacific coastal plain. [11] The canopy height of the forest gradually decreases from Petén northwards, averaging from 25 to 35 metres (82 to 115 ft). He took this as the submission of the inhabitants, but was met by armed resistance when he tried to enter the province. Unknown to Mazariegos, the king had already issued an order that the settlements of San Cristóbal de los Llanos be transferred to Pedro de Alvarado. When nine Spaniards were drowned in a storm off Cozumel and another was killed by hostile Maya, rumours grew in the telling and both the Cupul and Cochua provinces once again rose up against their would-be overlords. After six months of Spanish rule, Naabon Cupul was killed during a failed attempt to kill Montejo the Younger. This included the Spanish use of crossbows, firearms (including muskets, arquebuses and cannon),[60] war dogs and war horses. [26] A significant Maya presence remained in Petén into the Postclassic period after the abandonment of the major Classic period cities; the population was particularly concentrated near permanent water sources. In late 1546 an alliance of eastern provinces launched an unsuccessful uprising against the Spanish. The southeastern portion of the peninsula has a tropical rainy climate with a short dry season in winter. [278] Soon afterwards, on 27 January 1624, an Itza war party led by AjK'in P'ol caught Mirones and his soldiers off guard and unarmed in the church at Sakalum and slaughtered them. On 8 December of that year he was issued with the hereditary military title of adelantado and permission to colonise the Yucatán Peninsula. [106] At the mouth of the Tabasco River the Spanish sighted massed warriors and canoes but the natives did not approach. The rebellious eastern Maya were finally defeated in a single battle, in which twenty Spaniards and several hundred allied Maya were killed. [272], Following Cortés' visit in 1525, no Spanish attempted to visit the warlike Itza inhabitants of Nojpetén for almost a hundred years. [157] Antonio de Silva ordered Avendaño to return to Mérida, and he arrived there on 17 September 1695. ed (in es). [322] With the defeat of the Itza, the last independent and unconquered native kingdom in the Americas fell to the European colonisers. The Montejos founded a new Spanish town at Dzilam, although the Spanish suffered hardships there. [205] This served as a base of operations that allowed the Spanish to extend their control towards the Ocosingo valley. [86] This was the first recorded contact between Europeans and the Maya. [92] Cortés found a village on the shore of Lake Izabal, perhaps Xocolo. [159], In 1524 Luis Marín led a small party on a reconnaissance expedition into Chiapas. [342], The Tlaxcalan allies of the Spanish wrote their own accounts of the conquest; these included a letter to the Spanish king protesting at their poor treatment once the campaign was over. Cortés then returned to Mexico by sea. Alvarado was ultimately to prove successful. Iberian Peninsula and South America (1762–63), Banda Oriental and Rio Grande do Sul (1762–63), History of the Spanish Conquest of Yucatan and of the Itzas, "The Spanish Conquest of Yucatán (1526–46)", "Los estilos tecnológicos de la cerámica Postclásica con engobe de la región de los lagos de Petén", "Gonzalo Guerrero, primer mexicano por voluntad propia", "Domingo Fajardo: vicario y defensor de indios en Petén. [206], By 1528, Spanish colonial power had been established in the Chiapas Highlands, and encomienda rights were being issued to individual conquistadores. The Mam army advanced across the plain in battle formation and was met by a Spanish cavalry charge that threw them into disarray, with the infantry mopping up those Mam that survived the cavalry. The entire wiki with photo and video galleries for each article The north and northwest were incorporated into the Villa de Espíritu Santo district, that included Ch'ol Maya territory around Tila. Many Maya were killed or mistreated, but a few high-ranking members of the community retained some official control. [210] By now, Nuño de Guzmán was governor in Mexico, and he despatched Juan Enríquez de Guzmán to Chiapa as end-of-term judge over Mazariegos, and as alcalde mayor (a local colonial governor). "The Lowland Maya, from the Conquest to the Present". After a time, Gonzalo Guerrero was passed as a slave to the lord Nachan Can of Chetumal. In Montejo the Elder's absence, first in central Mexico, and then in Honduras, Montejo the Younger acted as lieutenant governor and captain general in Tabasco. [252] By 1699 the neighbouring Toquegua no longer existed as a separate people because of a combination of high mortality and intermarriage with the Amatique Indians. 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The company seized large amounts of abandoned food from two more deserted settlements and then also retreated. In the spring of 1534 he rejoined his father in the Chakan province at Dzikabal, (near modern Mérida). An advance party was led into an Itza trap and 87 expedition members were lost, including 50 soldiers, two Dominicans and about 35 Maya helpers. The Spanish continued east towards Uspantán to find it defended by ten thousand warriors, including forces from Cotzal, Cunén, Sacapulas and Verapaz. Maya warriors wore body armour in the form of quilted cotton that had been soaked in salt water to toughen it; the resulting armour compared favourably to the steel armour worn by the Spanish. This style of settlement can still be seen in the villages and towns of the area. Jones, Grant D. (2009). A new expedition was organised, with a fleet of eleven ships carrying 500 men and some horses. [211] The first Spanish expedition against the Lakandon was carried out in 1559, commanded by Pedro Ramírez de Quiñones. [310] The Spanish party retreated from the lake shore and regrouped on open ground where they were surrounded by thousands of Itza warriors. This successful resistance against Spanish attempts at domination served to attract ever more Indians fleeing colonial rule. [81] Modern knowledge of the impact of these diseases on populations with no prior exposure suggests that 33–50% of the population of the Maya highlands perished. Page from the Lienzo de Tlaxcala showing the conquest of Quetzaltenango, Pedro de Alvarado and his army advanced along the Pacific coast unopposed until they reached the Samalá River in western Guatemala. At this point the Spanish soldiers opened fire with their muskets, and the Itza retreated across the lake with their prisoners, who included the two Franciscans. Native resistance to the new nucleated settlements took the form of the flight into inaccessible regions such as the forest or joining neighbouring Maya groups that had not yet submitted to the Spanish. Alvarado was deeply suspicious of K'iche' intentions but accepted the offer and marched to Q'umarkaj with his army. A dramatization of Alonso de Ercilla's 16th-century epic poem about the Spanish conquest of Chile. [10] A chain of fourteen lakes runs across the central drainage basin of Petén. But then, from about A.D. 800 to 900, nearly all Maya cities in the southern lowlands were abandoned. MINEDUC (2001). He marched his men from Cahabón to Mopán, arriving on 25 February 1696. In 1535, peaceful attempts by the Franciscan Order to incorporate Yucatán into the Spanish Empire failed after a renewed Spanish military presence at Champotón forced the friars out. The Spanish party retreated in defensive formation to the safety of the ships. "Introduction to the Kowoj and their Petén Neighbors". The defeated Chontal Maya lords offered gold, food, clothing and a group of young women in tribute to the victors. Mortality was high, with approximately 50% of the population of some Yucatec Maya settlements being wiped out. Pakʼekʼem was sufficiently far from the new Spanish road that it was free from military interference, and the friars oversaw the building of a church in what was the largest mission town in Kejache territory. These events ended all Spanish attempts to contact the Itza until 1695. Martín de Urzúa y Arizmendi, governor of Yucatán, launched an assault upon Nojpetén in March 1697; the city fell after a brief battle. The Río Nuevo flows from Lamanai Lake in Belize northwards to Chetumal Bay. Grijalva put into Havana five months after he had left.[105]. [241] The governor joined Captain Rodríguez Mazariegos in San Mateo Ixtatán on 3 February; he ordered the captain to remain in the village and use it as a base of operations for penetrating the Lacandon region. Surviving Itza and Kowoj were resettled in the new colonial towns by a mixture of persuasion and force. [134] In 1641, the Franciscans established two reducciones among the Muzul Maya of central Belize, at Zoite and Cehake; both settlements were sacked by Dutch corsairs within a year.[135]. [107], The Maya at Chaktumal fed false information to the Spanish, and Montejo was unable to find d'Avila and link up with him. [326], During the campaign to conquer the Itza of Petén, the Spanish sent expeditions to harass and relocate the Mopan north of Lake Izabal and the Ch'ol Maya of the Amatique forests to the east. [202] Itza archers began to shoot at the invaders from the canoes. [24] The 16th century Maya provinces of northern Yucatán are likely to have evolved out of polities of the Maya Classic period. D'Avila returned overland to Xelha, and transferred the fledgling Spanish colony to nearby Xamanha,[107] modern Playa del Carmen, which Montejo considered to be a better port. [84] From Tabasco, Cortés continued to Cempoala in Veracruz, a subject city of the Aztec Empire,[84] and from there on to conquer the Aztecs. [204] With the defeat of the Itza, the last independent and unconquered native kingdom in the Americas fell to the European colonisers.[209]. All of the Spanish party received wounds, including Hernández de Córdoba. [31] Barrios Leal was accompanied by Franciscan friar Antonio Margil,[251] who remained in Dolores del Lakandon until 1697. Tutul Xiu was greatly impressed and converted to the new religion; he was baptised as Melchor and stayed with the Spanish at Mérida for two months, receiving instruction in the Catholic faith. Maya written histories suggest that smallpox was rapidly transmitted throughout the Maya area the same year that it arrived in central Mexico. Hernández died soon after from his wounds. Other accounts were in the form of questionnaires answered before colonial magistrates to protest and register a claim for recompense. This name was hispanicised to Lacandon. [97] In 1527, he left Spain with 400 men in four ships, with horses, small arms, cannon and provisions. [54] They set themselves adrift in one of the ship's boats, with bad oars and no sail; after thirteen days during which half of the survivors died, they made landfall upon the coast of Yucatán. He crossed the Dulce River to the settlement of Nito, somewhere on the Amatique Bay,[95] with about a dozen companions, and waited there for the rest of his army to regroup over the next week. [249] The Spanish built a fort and garrisoned it with 30 Spanish soldiers. The Spanish conquest of the Maya was a protracted conflict during the Spanish colonisation of the Americas, in which the Spanish conquistadores and their allies gradually incorporated the territory of the Late Postclassic Maya states and polities into the colonial Viceroyalty of New Spain. By sunrise the Spanish had been surrounded by a sizeable army. [13] In the north, the annual mean temperature is 27 °C (81 °F) in Mérida. [6] Bacalar Lake empties into Chetumal Bay. [82], After Zaculeu fell to the Spanish, the Ixil and Uspantek Maya were sufficiently isolated to evade immediate Spanish attention. [160] San Buenaventura was accompanied by two friars and a lay brother. Montejo the Younger abandoned Ciudad Real by night, and he and his men fled west, where the Chel, Pech and Xiu provinces remained obedient to Spanish rule. [122] At the beginning of March 1695, Captain Alonso García de Paredes led a group of 50 Spanish soldiers, accompanied by native guides, muleteers and labourers. ",, Sociedad de Geografía e Historia de Guatemala, "Material Culture and Colonial Indian Society in Southern Mesoamerica: The View from Coastal Chiapas, Mexico", "Consolidation of the Colonial Regime: Native Society in Western Central America",,,,,, "Mapa y Descripción de la Montaña del Petén e Ytzá. Western Petén and neighbouring Chiapas remained sparsely populated, and the Maya inhabitants avoided contact with the Spanish. [322] Although disease was responsible for the majority of deaths, Spanish expeditions and internecine warfare between indigenous groups also played their part. At Belma, Montejo gathered the leaders of the nearby Maya towns and instructed them to swear loyalty to the Spanish Crown. Xocolo became infamous among the Dominican missionaries for the practice of witchcraft by its inhabitants. Tutul Xiu was the ruler of the most powerful province of northern Yucatán and his submission to Spain and conversion to Christianity had repercussions throughout the peninsula, and encouraged the lords of the western provinces of the peninsula to accept Spanish rule. [22], The first large Maya cities developed in the Petén Basin in the far south of the Yucatán Peninsula as far back as the Middle Preclassic (c. 600–350 BC),[23] and Petén formed the heartland of the ancient Maya civilization during the Classic period (c. AD 250–900). This allowed the Spanish to storm the entrance and break the defences. "The Archaeology of the Kowoj: Settlement and Architecture at Zacpetén". [344] Accounts of the conquest as seen from the point of view of the defeated highland Maya kingdoms are included in a number of indigenous documents, including the Annals of the Kaqchikels. The Spanish abandoned Tecpán in 1527, because of continuous Kaqchikel attacks, and moved to the Almolonga Valley to the east, refounding their capital at Ciudad Vieja. [52] The ship was sailing to Santo Domingo from Darién to inform the colonial authorities there of ongoing conflict between conquistadors Diego de Nicuesa and Vasco Nuñez de Balboa in Darién. Many conquistadors viewed the Maya as "infidels" who needed to be forcefully converted and pacified, disregarding the achievements of their civilization. Canpech (modern Campeche) was to the south of it, followed by Chanputun (modern Champotón). Captain Vildivia was sacrificed with four of his companions, and their flesh was served at a feast. Modern estimates of native population decline vary from 75% to 90% mortality. The new Spanish garrison in an area that had not previously seen a heavy Spanish military presence provoked the Manche to revolt, which was followed by abandonment of the indigenous settlements. In Lawrence H. Feldman. It was divided into a number of independent provinces that shared a common culture but varied in their internal sociopolitical organisation. Shortly after their first expeditions to the region in the 16th century, the Spanish attempted to subjugate the Maya polities several times. [22] When the Spanish discovered Yucatán, the provinces of Mani and Sotuta were two of the most important polities in the region. After this battle, the younger Francisco de Montejo was despatched to the northern Cupul province, where the lord Naabon Cupul reluctantly allowed him to found the Spanish town of Ciudad Real at Chichen Itza. Montejo's party then continued to Sisia and Loche before heading back to Xelha. [206] The Itza nobility fled, dispersing to Maya settlements throughout Petén; in response the Spanish scoured the region with search parties. Whenever the Spanish located a centre of population in this region, the inhabitants were moved and concentrated in a new colonial settlement near the edge of the jungle where the Spanish could more easily control them. [198], Montejo garrisoned Xelha with 40 soldiers and posted 20 more at nearby Pole. [120] The Itza kingdom centred upon Lake Petén Itzá had been visited by Hernán Cortés on his march to Honduras in 1525. [187] When they drew close to the shore of Lake Petén Itzá, AjKʼixaw was sent ahead as an emissary to Nojpetén. Belma has been tentatively identified with the modern settlement and Maya archaeological site of El Meco. Referred to as "Tonatiuh" or "Sun God" by the Aztecs because of his blonde hair and white skin, Alvarado was violent, cruel and ruthless, even for a conquistador for whom such traits were practically a given. [76] The Maya inhabitants of Cozumel fled the Spanish and would not respond to Grijalva's friendly overtures. The Spanish conquest of the Maya was a protracted conflict during the Spanish colonisation of the Americas, in which the Spanish conquistadores and their allies gradually incorporated the territory of the Late Postclassic Maya states and polities into the colonial Viceroyalty of New Spain. This is hardly surprising, for the main thrust of the Spanish Conquest was aimed at the Aztec empire and its capital of Mexico-Tenochtitlán. The coast of Cozumel was Grijalva's first sight of Yucatán. [189], Chiquimula de la Sierra ("Chiquimula in the Highlands") was inhabited by Ch'orti' Maya at the time of the conquest. The following day Gonzalo de Alvarado marched on Huehuetenango and was confronted by a Mam army of 5,000 warriors from Malacatán. [24] This Chontal Maya-speaking province extended east of the Usumacinta River in Tabasco,[27] as far as what is now the southern portion of Campeche state, where their capital was located. Realising that they were hopelessly outnumbered, the Spanish retreated towards Chuntuki, abandoning their captured companions to their fate. Lovell, W. George (2000). However, they could see a Maya city some two leagues inland, upon a low hill. The Spanish only achieved dominance in the north and the polities of Petén remained independent and continued to receive many refugees from the north. [223], The Franciscan friar Jacobo de Testera arrived in Champoton in 1535 to attempt the peaceful incorporation of Yucatán into the Spanish Empire. [280], Following these massacres, the Maya governor of Oxkutzcab, Fernando Kamal, set out with 150 Maya archers to track AjK'in P'ol down. Montejo then returned to the east to find his garrisons had almost been eliminated; he used a supply ship to explore southwards before looping back around the entire peninsula to central Mexico. [58] The expedition sailed west from Cuba for three weeks, and weathered a two-day storm a week before sighting the coast of the northeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. [256] The Land of War, from the 16th century through to the start of the 18th century, included a vast area from Sacapulas in the west to Nito on the Caribbean coast and extended northwards from Rabinal and Salamá,[257] and was an intermediate area between the highlands and the northern lowlands. Abstract The phenomenon of the Spanish Conquest of the Maya region suggests strongly that, in the process of socio-cultural transformation, ‘religion’ has no meaning as a concept with its own particular dynamic. [319] The galeota, commanded by Ursúa, rowed east with 108 soldiers; half way across the lake it encountered a large fleet of canoes blocking the approach to Nojpetén – and simply rowed through them. 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