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El Cayo and Benque Viejo del Carmen mark 119 years of history!

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2023. 8:14 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Historian and former Government Minister, Hector Silva, has taken the initiative to remind the residents of San Ignacio, Santa Elena, and Benque Viejo del Carmen about the rich history and the 119th anniversary of their towns.

The historical declaration came on October 19, 1904, when the Governor, via the Government Gazette, officially recognized El Cayo and Benque Viejo as towns.

Тhе Аrсhіvеѕ Dераrtmеnt hаѕ а соmmеndаblе rесоrd оf рhоtоѕ аnd rесоrdѕ, аnd hіѕtоrіаnѕ lіkе Несtоr Ѕіlvа, Dаvіd Ruіz аnd Аlfоnѕо Тzul, hаvе рut іn grеаt еffоrt tо dосumеnt thе hіѕtоrу оf Еl Сауо, Веnquе Vіејо аnd thе mауаѕ оf thіѕ аrеа.

Traditionally, these anniversaries have been a time of reflection and education. In past years, school children, both from primary and high schools, would come together, listening intently to stories from historians. These tales would encompass the evolution of their towns, painting vivid pictures of life in El Cayo before the dawn of rapid transportation, cell phones, laptops, and the internet. These stories would delve into the daily routines, the primary modes of transportation, and even the unique stationery children used in schools.

To complement these stories, educators often organized trips to historical sites, enabling students to engage more deeply with their community’s history.

It’s disheartening to note, however, that this year, no official activities have been announced to commemorate El Cayo’s founding. Despite this, it’s essential for the communities to remember and celebrate their rich heritage, ensuring it’s passed down to future generations.

 

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