Chemax Municipality

Chemax Municipality (In the Yucatec Maya Language: “monkey's tree") is one of the 106 municipalities in the Mexican state of Yucatán containing (1,098.6 km2) of land and located roughly 185 km east of the city of Mérida.[2]

Chemax
Principal Church of Chemax

Coat of arms
Region 6 Oriente #019
Chemax
Location of the Municipality in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°35′00″N 87°33′00″W
Country Mexico
State Yucatán
Mexico Ind.1821
Yucatán Est.1824
Municipal seatChemax
Government
  Type 2012–2015[1]
  Municipal PresidentLucio Balam Herrera[2]
Area
  Total1,098.6 km2 (424.2 sq mi)
 [2]
Elevation
26 m (85 ft)
Population
 (2010[3])
  Total33,490
Demonym(s)Chemaxeño
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)
INEGI Code019

History

There is no accurate data on when the town was founded, though it existed before the conquest as part of the province of Cupules. At colonization, Chemax became part of the encomienda system with the first encomendero noted in 1549 as Juan López de Mena.[2]

Yucatán declared its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821 and during the Caste War of Yucatán the city was abandoned but repopulated after federal troops regained possession of it.[2] In 1865, the area was assigned to the partition of Valladolid Municipality.[4] In 1918, it was designated as its own municipality.[2]

Governance

The municipal president is elected for a three-year term. The town council has nine councilpersons, who serve as Secretary and councilors of public works, public lighting, police commissaries, public security, public monuments, nomenclature, ecology, and public sanitation.[5]

Communities

The head of the municipality is Chemax, Yucatán. There are 170 populated areas of the municipality[5] with the most important locations being: Además, Catzim, Chemax, Chen, Cocoyol, Kuxeb, Lolbé, Mucel, Punta Laguna, San Juan, San Pedro, Santa Cruz, Santa Elena, Sisbichén, Uspibil, Xalaú, X-Can, X-mab, X-maben, Xochmil, X-tejas and Xuneb. The significant populations are shown below:[2]

CommunityPopulation
Entire Municipality (2010)33,490[3]
Chechmil478 in 2005[6]
Chemax12764 in 2005[7]
Chulután466 in 2005[8]
Cocoyol522 in 2005[9]
Kuxeb642 in 2005[10]
Mucel900 in 2005[11]
Sisbichen1566 in 2005[12]
Uspibil764 in 2005[13]
Xalau1813 in 2005[14]
X-Can4653 in 2005[15]
X-Catzin1757 in 2005[16]

Local festivals

  • From 10 to 13 June, festival in honor of San Antonio de Padua, patron saint of the town of Chemax.[2]

Tourist attractions

  • Churches of San Antonio de Padua, built in the sixteenth century
  • Church of La Purísima Concepción, built in the seventeenth century
  • Church of San Pedro, built in the seventeenth century
  • Archaeological sites at Bolmay, Palaban, Petul, Poxil, Sotpol, Tamba, Xalau, Xcan, Xcoom, Xmaos and Xuyap
  • Cenotes at Abli, Aktun Eek, Aktun Teel, Aktun Uspibil and Alamo I

Climate

Considered a tropical savanna climate typically with a pronounced dry season. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is Aw (Tropical Savanna Climate).[17]

Climate data for Chemax
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(87)
31
(88)
33
(91)
34
(94)
36
(96)
35
(95)
34
(94)
34
(94)
33
(92)
33
(91)
32
(89)
31
(88)
33
(92)
Average low °C (°F) 16
(61)
17
(62)
18
(64)
19
(66)
21
(70)
22
(71)
22
(71)
21
(70)
21
(70)
20
(68)
18
(65)
18
(64)
19
(67)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 43
(1.7)
56
(2.2)
46
(1.8)
38
(1.5)
79
(3.1)
150
(5.8)
150
(5.8)
170
(6.6)
160
(6.2)
140
(5.4)
56
(2.2)
51
(2)
1,139
(44.3)
Source: Weatherbase [18]

References

  1. "Denuncian despidos por 'venganza' de alcaldes" (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: gentepractika. 23 Apr 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  2. "Municipios de Yucatán »Chemax" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  3. "Mexico In Figures:Chemax, Yucatán". INEGI (in Spanish and English). Aguascalientes, México: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI). Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  4. "Estado de Yucatán. División Territorial de 1810 a 1995" (PDF). inegi (in Spanish). Aguascalientes, Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática. 1996. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  5. "Chemax". inafed (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Enciclopedia de Los Municipios y Delegaciones de México. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  6. "Chechmil". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  7. "Chemax". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  8. "Chulután". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  9. "Cocoyol". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  10. "Kuxeb". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  11. "Mucel". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  12. "Sisbichen". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  13. "Uspibil". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  14. "Xalau". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  15. "X-Can". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  16. "X-Catzin". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  17. Climate Summary for Chemax
  18. "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on July 14, 2013.
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