Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Celebrating Mayan HistoryThe mission was to deliver donated children’s books in the Yucatan and our first stop was the humble and historical, Bibloteca De Puerto Morelos. Before entering the library we were awestruck by the colored murals painted by teenagers that were full of life; which depicted various components of their culture painted distinctively on the walls of the library. The enormous, muscular man painted intricately above had the customized, form-fitted clothing of a Mayan, but was actually an abandoned Spaniard who fell into the Mayan culture. His name was Gonzalo Guerrero, and he contributed by being the first to create a new social class that fused Spaniards and Mayan together, the Mestizo.
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