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The Haciendas of Yucatan emerged as family businesses in colonial times (17th century) and have now become historical attractions for visitors to Yucatan state. Many of the haciendas were originally cattle ranches and later converted to henequen. Henequén is a type of agave cactus (family Agavaceae) which is processed for its fibers, primarily to produce rope. The fiber strands are known as sisal and are similar to processed hemp fiber. Sisal fiber was an important export of Yucatan in the mid to late 1800’s and early 1900’s. In the 1830’s there were attempts at large scale sisal production but the lack of shredding machinery limited the supply.

It is impossible to visit the Mexican Caribbean and not to fall in love with the majestic flora and fauna. The diversity is immense and often is possible to appreciate wild animals in their natural habitat if we are lucky enough. The bad side of the story is that not everyone respect the freedom and welfare of these incredible creatures. The illegal traffic of animals that are native of this region and also other parts of the world, is more common than we think. Therefore the organizations in charge of their protection have to work twice as hard to ensure they are not damaged or threatened in any way.

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