The Mennonites of Mexico
The Mennonite community is an Anabaptist Protestant religious movement originating in Switzerland and Eastern Europe that fled repression in the mid-16th century. Today the majority of mennonites are distributed in many countries of South America, as well as in Mexico where more than 100,000 of them live. Promoting a traditional and non-violent way of life, the most conservative are found in the state of Quintana Roo, west of the town of Bacalar where the colony of 1,500 people is spread over nearly 5,000 hectares. Their main activity is agriculture with the cultivation of beans, corn and oats.