Diego de Landa

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Franciscan friar born in Toledo, Spain. Arrived in
Yucatan, Mexico, in 1549. He spent the next three
decades evangelizing the Mayas throughout the
Yucatan peninsula. His religious zeal prompted the
destruction of Maya artifacts and codice books at
Mani. He later realized that it would have been easier
to convert the Mayas had he understood their history
and beliefs. As a result, he diligently attempted the
recover the lost information. In 1566 he wrote
Relacion de las Cosas de Yucatan, which provides an
understanding of the Mayas. He became bishop of
Yucatan in 1572 and died in Merida seven years later.

Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico
Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico

Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Izamal, Mexico


Landa's erroneous interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs.

Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Izamal, Mexico
El Convento de Maní
El ex convento de Maní aguarda su anunciada restauración
El acto de fe de Fray Diego de Landa aún causa recelo entre los habitantes de Maní