Yucatán is the name of one of the 31 states of Mexico, located on the north of the Yucatán Peninsula. The term The Yucatán refers to the three states on the peninsula: Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo; all three modern states were formerly part of the larger historic state of Yucatán in the 19th century.
This Mexican state borders the states of Campeche to the south west, Quintana Roo to the east and southeast, and the Gulf of Mexico to the north and west.
The state capital is Mérida. The state of Yucatán also contains the cities of Izamal, Maní, Motul, Muná, Progreso, Tekax, Ticul, Tizimín, Umán, and Valladolid; numerous towns including Celestun, Chemax, Kanasín, Oxcutzcab, Peto, Sisal, Tecoh, and Telchaquillo, villages including Xtul, and many important ruins of the Maya civilization including Acanceh, Ake, Chacmultun, Chichen Itza, Dzibilichaltun, Kabah, Labná, Mayapan, Sayil, Uxmal and Yaxuna.
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