Under The Waters Of Mexico

By Pablo Bush Romero, Book Liner

Historically rich, ineffably beautiful, yet at times mortally dangerous, the mere mention of the Caribbean evokes images of romance and adventure.

And it is to these waters that countless soldiers of fortune and modern-day pirates have come, seeking the fabled riches beneath the restless waves-the remains of sunken ships which offer up treasures not only of gold, silver and jewels, but centuries-old artifacts, whose value is inestimable to the historian and archaeologist.

But not all those who search for treasure are interested in self-aggrandizement and personal fortunes, for there are some like the members of México's CEDAM Club, who are dedicated to serving their country and mankind, in preserving those riches found in the coastal waters of México, in underground caverns, and in the interior, home of the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations.

With that noble purpose in view, CEDAM set out on a series of expeditions that are breathtakingly described by the president of the club, Pablo Bush Romero, in his latest book, Under the Waters of México, which provides absorbing reading for scientist and layman alike.

Often risking their lives in adventures as varied as they are exciting, CEDAM's members not only successfully explored such underwater wrecks as the fabled El Matancero and La Nicolasa, but they went in search of the tomb of the gentleman-pirate Jean Lafitte, uncovering valuable information about this legendary but shadowy figure.

Then, too, they delved into the mysterious underwater cavern of the Inlet of Xelhá, home of the last of those aquatic mammals, the manatees, discovering an ancient altar and artifacts which brought them to the realization that here was the site of a rare Mayan crematorium. And later, risking the murky and dangerous waters of the sacred well in Chichén Itzá, they salvaged a number of articles by ingeniously utilizing an underwater airlift.

All this and more ‑-including their mission to save the life of the aged "Tatich" of the Jungle Mayas ‑ forms the colorful fabric of this rewarding and memorable book, Under the Waters of México, in which romantic adventure joins forces with modern scientific techniques to effect a breakthrough in Mexican underwater archaeology.

This book was originally printed in 1964 and we await the reprint.

A scholarship has been established in memory of Pablo Bush Romero.

Laura Bush, Pablo's daughter, came back to Akumal over 15 years ago to run the family's hotel business. These are stories that she wrote about the changes that occured during those years. You can read her story about joining her father on an expedition to Chinchorro Reef.

The Book is available now at http://www.hotelakumalcaribe.com/scenes/50th/forsale.asp