NOVEMBER 19, 1761


Born circa 1731 in Barrio de San Román, City of Campeche, New Spain, Jacinto Uc de los Santos studied Latin and history in the Franciscan monastery Convento Grande in Mérida, but was expelled for his rebellious spirit.  For a number of years, he worked as a baker.  Jacinto Uc arrived in the village of Cisteil on November 3 or 4, 1761.  By November 12, he was accepted as leader by almost the entire indigenous population there.  On November 19, Canek led an armed group of chiefs to confront a Spanish merchant who had come to collect debts.  The group killed the merchant after which Jacinto was crowned as king and took the name Jacinto Canek to tie himself to past Maya kings of that name.  The better-armed Spanish confronted and defeated Canek and the Maya on November 26 and promptly burned the village killing some 500 Indians.  Canek was apprehended at Sibac and, on December 14, 1761, he was tortured to death, dismembered alive, and burned.

Source:  Robert D. Temple, “The Baker Who Would Be King,” The Yucatan Times, 10/7/2014.  Retrieved 7/19/2019,
Photo:  Semhur, 8/9/2011.  Maya civilization cultural area map.  Retouched: Simon Burchell, 4/26/2013.  Routes of approach by the Spanish against the fiercely independent Itza and their neighbors during the 17th century. Permissive use pursuant to Creative Commons 3.0,  

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