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Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay$
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Debra S. Walker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062792

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062792.001.0001

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Chetumal Bay in the Fifteenth to Seventeenth Centuries

Chetumal Bay in the Fifteenth to Seventeenth Centuries

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(p.107) 6 Chetumal Bay in the Fifteenth to Seventeenth Centuries
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Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay
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Maxine Oland

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062792.003.0006

Spanish documents imply that the Chetumal Bay region acted as a unified force to resist European colonization, yet archaeological data suggest that the experience of the Maya during the fifteenth to the seventeenth century (Late Postclassic through Colonial periods) was highly localized. Some communities, such as at Caye Coco on Progresso Lagoon, were in a state of unstable transition when the Spanish appeared. Their arrival elicited a variety of actions and reactions as local communities attempted to adapt to indirect colonial rule, and these settlements experienced differential rates of colonial control and conversion. In this chapter, the distinct experiences of three indigenous communities at Lamanai, Santa Rita Corozal, and the west shore of Progresso Lagoon are examined.

Keywords:   Progresso Lagoon, Caye Coco, Santa Rita Corozal, Lamanai, Colonial Period, Late Postclassic

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