Yucatán

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Yu·ca·tán

geographical name \ˌyü-kə-ˈtan, -kä-ˈtän\

Definition of YUCATÁN

1
peninsula SE Mexico & N Central America including Belize & part of Guatemala
2
state SE Mexico at N end of Yucatán Peninsula Mérida area 16,749 square miles (43,380 square kilometers), pop 1,362,940
Yu·ca·te·can \-ˈte-kən\ adjective

Yucatán

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

State (pop., 2000: 1,658,210), northern Yucatán Peninsula, southeastern Mexico. It covers an area of 14,827 sq mi (38,402 sq km); its capital is Mérida. Yucatán occupied virtually the entire peninsula when it became a state in 1824, but the creation of the states of Campeche (1858) and Quintana Roo (1902) from parts of Yucatán, as well as later boundary changes, reduced it to its present size. Long occupied by rural Maya Indians who speak little Spanish, it is the site of many ancient Maya ruins.

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