Canc'n at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
City (pop., 1990: 168,000) and island resort, SE Mexico. The city, on the NE coast of the Yucatá n Peninsula, is a service town for the resort on Cancú n Island (13 mi, or 21 km, long), which is connected by a causeway to the city. Originally settled by Maya Indians, the area was first described by J. L. Stephens in his Incidents of Travel in Yucatá n (1843). Cancú n remained a fishing village until in 1970 the area was selected as a suitable site for a resort. The plan proved hugely successful; today Cancú n is Mexico's busiest resort.