Tanil

State: Yucatan

Type of Hacienda: Sisal, Cattle

Service: Private residence.

Location: Tanil is located on the outskirts of Umán, a little over ten kilometers south of Merida. Take the Merida-Umán road and turn east at the junction with the ring road. Continue about six kilometers to the road that goes to Ticimil and from there to Tanil, three kilometers further west.

History: Tanil, which in Maya means “the welcome, or the well-beloved”, was founded at the end of the 16th or early 17th century, and like other haciendas in the Merida region, it passed through a transition from cattle ranch to sisal hacienda. The earliest known owner of Tanil was the landholder Diego Solís Osorio, who had the post of mayor of Merida in 1607 and 1620, son of Francisco de Solís, governor and captain-general of the province of Yucatan. Diego, who married Catalina de Arellano y Montejo, was grandson-in-law of Francisco de Montejo “The Adelantado” and of Andrea de Castillo.The powerful Quijano family were also owners of the hacienda at the end of the 18th century. The head of this wealthy family was Juan Esteban de Quijano y Dávila, who in 1772 was also mayor of the city, as were some of his children at different times. Today, the property belongs to Mrs. Rosa María Paz González. An outstanding structure at Tanil is the old chimney that marks the entrance to the hacienda, located to the north. The roofless machine room, where the fiber was once processed and packed, is to the left side