May 31, 2015

1619 MEXICO (Quintana Roo) - Aerial view of Cancún

Located on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, in southeastern Mexico, Cancún is an important renowned tourist destination, just north of Mexico's Caribbean coast resort band known as the Riviera Maya. The island of Cancún was originally known to its Maya inhabitants as Nizuc, and the name Cancún first appears on 18th century maps. When development was started in 1970, it had only three residents, caretakers of the coconut plantation of Don José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez, who lived on Isla Mujeres, and there were only 117 people living in nearby Puerto Juarez, a fishing village and military base.

The city began as a tourism project in 1974, the Mexican government financing the first nine hotels, due to the reluctance of investors. Since then, it has undergone a comprehensive transformation from being a fisherman's island surrounded by virgin forest and undiscovered shores to being one of the two most well-known Mexican resorts, along with Acapulco. Apart from the island tourist zone, the residential section of the city, the downtown part of which is known as El Centro, follows a master plan that consists of supermanzanas (superblocks), giant trapezoids with a central, open, non-residential area cut in by u-shaped residential streets.

About the stamps

The first two stamps are part of a large series (50 stamps) dedicated to Museo Soumaya, issued on 2012:
Bañista en camisa by Berthe Morisot - It's on the postcard 1619
• 8 S (Escudos); Fernando VII - It's on the postcard 1619
Nina con tarta by Ángel Zárraga - It's on the postcard 2164

The last stamp is part of the series México creación popular (Folk Art Mexico), about which I wrote here.

Cancún - Wikipedia

Sender: Benjamin Arredondo / El Bable
Sent from Salamanca (Guanajuato / Mexico), on 15.02.2014
Photo: Luis Gomez C

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