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Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Colonial CampecheHistory and Archaeology$
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Vera Tiesler, Pilar Zabala, and Andrea Cucina

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034928

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034928.001.0001

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Maping Colonial Life in the Main Plaza of Campeche

Maping Colonial Life in the Main Plaza of Campeche

(p.8) 2 Maping Colonial Life in the Main Plaza of Campeche
Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Colonial Campeche

Michel Antochiw

University Press of Florida

This chapter sheds light on the discovery of the early colonial church and relates this to its historical evolution. It focuses on the evolving Main Plaza with narratives on the colonial settlers of Campeche. All the buildings of the main plaza had to serve a public function, and Order 126 specified that “plots delimiting the main plaza should not be given to individuals.” These directives would not be respected in all cases, neither in Campeche nor in Merida. Shortly after the mid-sixteenth century the primitive church, made of beams and palm leaves, was replaced by the church discovered during the 2000 excavation. It was no greater in size but was constructed from lime and stone.

Keywords:   Main Plaza of Campeche, historical evolution, colonial settlers, primitive church, colonial life, fortifications

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