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The true history of Cozumel is very hard to find. There have been hundreds (if not thousands) of guide books, magazine articles, and newspaper stories written about the island’s past, but unfortunately, almost all of these stories are poorly researched accounts, plagiarized from some other poorly researched account. The mere fact that you find the exact phrasing over and over in most of these hack articles is a big clue to their accuracy. 


The following history articles have been meticulously researched and present the true history stories of the island, even if they are often at odds with the more frequently published fairy-tales. Click on one of the following titles to read it in its entirety.  If you want to read even more facinating facts about the history of Cozumel, click HERE to see the book, The True History of Cozumel. 


 George Fisher, the man who almost bought Cozumel in 1841


 Abe Lincoln wanted to deport freed slaves to Cozumel


 Texian President Sam Houston’s plan to seize Cozumel and sell it to France

 Bases, Bulldozers and Bullshit; the Americans’ involvement in the construction of the airport

 The very first diving operation in Cozumel

 Miguel Molas was a pirata, not a buccaneer!


 When the Texian Navy claimed Cozumel for the Republic of Texas in 1837

 Cozumel casi fue una colonia de Texas Spanish version of the article above

 How did the state of Quintana Roo get its name

 The true story of Archangel Saint Michael’s statue in the San Miguel church


 El Grito de Dolores is not a cry of pain

 It must have been the Ghost of the Spirit of St. Louis

 The documentary of Cozumel that Cousteau never made

 The Monuments of Cozumel: Juan Bautista Vega, a 19th century Gonzalo Guerrero

 Cozumel’s role in the Cuban slave trade 


 From Hell to Cozumel; escape from Devil's Island


 The Monuments of Cozumel:Los Niños Heroés


 The real story of How Tourism came to Cozumel  and how it wasn't due to Jacques Cousteau!

 Favorite Mayan Recipes for Canis Familiaris

 Lee Harvey Oswald in Cozumel

 Prince William of Sweden badmouths Cozumel on his 1920 visit

 The Monuments of Cozumel: Rosado Salas 

 Cozumel was selling Fake Cuban Cigars in 1887

 A Priest with a Cement Overcoat

 The Birth of the Cruise Ship Industry

 Ever wonder about those planes flying in formation over Cozumel?

 The two faces of Ixchel

 The day our ship came in

 El boom del turismo comenzo por un naufragio spanish version of the article above

 How French was almost the official language of Cozumel

 How Xcaret got its name

 Casting Shadows

 Mayan Sea-Trade Routes

 How Yucatan got its name


 Pave Paradise and put up a Parking Lot

 Connecting Capote

 When I was a kid, we had to walk to school barefoot in the snow (uphill both ways!)


 The Myth of the Sunken German Submarine on Chinchorro Bank



  Click on any image below for   more info about other books
  by Ric Hajovsky:


Info you will not get from a
   tour guide!  Be sure and read this
   before you see Tulum.

the Secrets of Xcaret
  Beneath the park of Xcaret lies an
   astounding amount of history.
  Read this before you go to
   understand where to look for it.

Mexico Survival Manual
  Thinking of Moving to Mexico?
  Read this first!

Sapin, Hidden Secrets and Dirty Tricks
  Save hundreds of dollars on your
   trip to Spain and have the best
   trip of your life!

You can't get there from here! by Ric Hajovsky
An account of the search for Paradise Lost.   

Trader Ric, part 1
  Non-fiction account Ric's
   experience with the Kuna Indians
   of the San Blas Islands of Panama.

Trader Ric, part 2
  More of Ric's adventures along the
   coast of Veraguas, Panama on the
   trail of Christopher Columbus.

Trader Ric, part 3
  The third installment of Ric's
   adventures, this time with the
   Ndjuka Maroons of Suriname.

The History of Horseshoes
  Ever wonder how horseshoes came
   to be?  Read this and you will

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for more info:


 Cozumel Survival Manual

  Whether you are looking to move

to Cozumel permanently, or just

part time, this is the book you

need to read!



Guide to San Gervasio 

Visiting the ruins? Get this guide before you go!



 the Free Big Yellow Beachmap of Cozumel

  A map with the city of San Miguel

on one side and the entire island

on the other side


The true history of Cozumel by Ric Hajovsky

 No myths, fables or legends.

Only the real history; most of which will surprise you!