Photographer's Note

Under the command of Francisco de Montejo, "the army moved to Ake, some ten miles north of the modern town of Tizimin (actually 77 miles to the southwest of Tizimin), where the greatest battle thus far fought with the Indians took place, in which more than twelve hundred Maya were killed. In this action 'the Indians appeared with all the arms which they use in wars: quivers of arrows, poles with their tips hardened by fire, lances with points of sharp flint, two-handed swords of very strong woods inset with obsidian blades, whistles, and beating the shells of great turtles with deer horns, trumpets of large conch-shells of the sea; naked, except for the shameful parts which were covered with a cloth, [their bodies] daubed with earth of divers colors, so they appeared as most ferocious devils; their noses and ears pierced with nose- and ear-plugs of bones and stones of varied colors.' As a result of this battle, all the neighboring Maya chiefs surrendered, at least for a time"

From "The Ancient Maya", Sylvanus G. Morley, 1946

The battle of Aké lasted two days and while the Spaniards were victorious, they enjoyed no easy triumph (John Lloyd Stephens). It would be a further 20 years before the Spanish secured control over the Yucatan.

Valentin got me to the site in the rural village of Aké just after 11:30 AM. On paying the admission and entering, I headed the few metres to the west for this north-facing temple, sitting on a raised terrace. It is located just to the south of the henequen operation still being carried on.

Geo coordinates for Aké in Google Earth are: and, elevation 17 metres.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 914] (1950)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-18
  • Categories: Decisive Moment
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/1300 seconds
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