Modern Mérida has a simple grid layout of numbered streets... evens run north-south, odds run east-west. So our house address is more or less: 70th, between 49 and 51. But this system isn't the original. How did people give directions originally?
A very nifty system called 'Los Cuadros' (the corners).
|Modern map of 'Los Cuadros' locations|
Some of these Cuadros are documented as far back as 1794 when Mérida was a growing colonial city. Some are more recent, probably early 20th century.
Interesting to see the overlay of systems, on corners that have both a picture and a modern street numbers.
Going to keep an eye open for these, they are fun to spot.
Article about them, and a guy who documented them, here.
|Girl who was turned into a monkey by a witch...|
|The Avocado... on 58th Street|
|The Christmas Tree|
|The Dog... on 59th|