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      What happened to Mundaca: the story of the pirate of Isla Mujeres

      Isla Mujeres Hacienda Mundaca

      Hacienda Mundaca was, for a long time, one of the most popular highlights in Isla Mujeres. Although today it is no longer what it used to be, in its past lies an interesting history.

      Isla Mujeres may be a small island, but every corner hides stories and legends that have marked its identity. Such is the case of Hacienda Mundaca and Fermín Antonio Mundaca.

      WHO WAS FERMIN MUNDACA?

      Pirate Fermin Mundaca

      Fermín Mundaca was a Basque pirate and explorer accused of committing slave trafficking from Cuba and Africa. After being sought by the British Navy in 1858, he decided to take refuge in Isla Mujeres. 

      In the hacienda, you can find the tomb that he would have prepared for his death, however it is empty because before he died, he was transferred to Merida, where he passed away, and his body was never returned to the island.

      His epitaph shows the phrase: "What you are, I was... what I am, you will be".

       

      HOW DID HACIENDA MUNDACA START?

      Well in Hacienda Mundaca

      Legend has it that when the pirate Mundaca arrived at Isla Mujeres, he fell in love with an islander nicknamed "la trigueña" and, in her honor, he built the Vista Alegre hacienda.  

      In this hacienda, which covered 40% of the island's surface, there were orchards full of fruits and vegetables, animal farms, and the garden "La Rosa de Los Vientos", a place where he built vegetable gardens and a sundial, whose shade served as a template for the decoration of wells and flower boxes.

      In its beginnings, at the hacienda's entrance, there was a large arch known as "La Entrada de la Trigueña" and farther, still standing, there is a second arch called "El Paso de la Trigueña". Unfortunately, for the 53-year-old pirate, this great architectural work was not enough to captivate the heart of the 16-year-old islander.

       

      HACIENDA MUNDACA IN MODERN TIMES

      House of irate Fermin Mundaca in Isla Mujeres

      Until the pandemic, Hacienda Mundaca was a tourist-cultural attraction where one could see evidence of the love legend of Fermín Mundaca and other pieces of historical value. The area allowed visitors to enter the gardens and the house, where drawings and photographs of the pirate and other characters of the time were exhibited.

      Unfortunately, during the pandemic, Hacienda Mundaca closed its doors to tourists and was abandoned due to lack of maintenance. Not only did it lose its beauty, but also its infrastructure in poor condition and the overgrown weeds (in which snakes and other species can be found), represent a risk to visitors.

       

      WHAT HAPPENED TO HACIENDA MUNDACA IN 2023?

      Currently, Hacienda Mundaca is closed to the public. On the other hand, by the end of 2022, the Municipal President of Isla Mujeres announced that the government wants to recover and restore this space to integrate it back into the tourist offer of the destination.

       

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