Itz ?ts [key], Maya of Yucatn (Mexico) and Petn (Guatemala). Probable founders of Chichn Itz, which they occupied at various times from c.514 to 1194, they moved (1450?) S from Campeche to Lake Petn. Here, in spite of sporadic attempts by the Spanish to convert or subdue them after the visit of Corts in 1525, the Itz (the last strong, independent Mayan tribe) remained until driven from their capital, Tayasal, in 1697.

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