I had a chance last week to meet the unofficial historian of Mahahual. His name is Sergio Benjamin Carbajal Rejon and he is a long time resident of Mahahual. He is also a teacher and college professor, and has taught at the University of Quintana Roo, in Chetumal, and several other schools and colleges.
He lives in the first house built in Mahahual, he says, and on his property behind his house is the first fresh water source in Mahahual, a well. The well was the first source of natural fresh water to the little hamlet of Mahahual, at that time. The original settlers and fishermen of the area used to come by this well to get their fresh water to drink. This was in the late 1970s and early 1980s before Mahahual became a village of town.
The house is located right on the main road going into Mahahual, near Barrio 55, or Neighborhood 55, at the 55 kilometer mark. It is right across the street from Don Kike hardware. I did not even know it was there, and I have been by there at least a hundred times. The house is pretty simple, and surrounded by fruit trees.
We sat and talked for a while Sunday morning, and he told me some of the old history of Mahahual. He also has old photos and other things from Mahahual’s early history that he is going to put together for me. I told him I would use him and his information and do a story on this blog about the early history of Mahahual through his eyes and experiences. He is getting me together that information now, and I will be doing a story on the early history of Mahahual in the near future.
He also informed me of something I did not know, that every 27-30 years the Caribbean Sea is over taken by Sargassum seaweed like we are in Mahahual now at the moment. He said it is cyclical, and it has something to do with the acid in the water. He said he has seen it before himself, and there are written accounts of the seaweed invading the beaches here in the past. That I had never heard of before, and it is something I am going to look into. I, like a lot of people I know down here, think it is caused by “global warming”, but maybe it is just nature’s way, I hope so.
So I got to have an interesting conversation with an expert on Mahahual, and I should be having some facts and information about Mahahual’s early history soon.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina