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Amalia García Medina
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Zacatecas is one of the 31 constituent states of
Mexico. It is located in the north-central region and it is bounded to the northwest by Durango, to the north by Coahuila,to the east by San Luis Potosí, to the south by Aguascalientesand Guanajuatoand to the southwest by Jaliscoand Nayarit. The state is best known for its rich deposits of silverore, its colonial architecture and its importance during the revolution. The state is also known as one of the safest states in the country. Zacatecas has 58 municipalities and the main economic activities are mining, agriculture and tourism. The state shares its name with its capital and chief center of population, the city of Zacatecas, Zacatecas.
"Zacatecas" is the
Nahuatl-derived name for one of the indigenous peoples who inhabited the region before the arrival of the Spanish. The name ultimately derives from the Nahuatl word for a type of grass common in the region, "zacatl". The region where this grass grew was originally called "Zacatlan", and its inhabitants, "Zacateca", pluralized in Mexican Spanishto "Zacatecas".
Besides the Zacatecas, the
Caxcan, Guachichil, and Tepehuanwere also reported by the Spanish to be inhabiting the region which comprises the modern state of Zacatecas.
September 8, 1546, with the discovery of its mines, the present city of Zacatecas was founded. It was originally baptized "Minas de los Zacatecas" or "Mines of the Zacatecas". Its rich mineral wealth gave the Spanish Crown a great amount of income (the silver mines in Zacatecas and Potosi, Bolivia, were the Spanish crown's largest sources of income during colonialism), which gave the city of Zacatecas the title of "Ciudad de Nuestra Señora de los Zacatecas".
Zacatecas is located in the great central plateau of Mexico, with an average elevation of about ft to m|7700. The state is somewhat mountainous, being traversed in the west by lateral ranges of the
Sierra Madre Occidental, and by numerous isolated ranges in other parts – Mazapil, Norillos, Guadalupe and others. There are no large rivers, only the small head-streams of the Aguanaval in the north, and of the Guazamota, Bolaños and Juchipila in the west, the last three being tributaries of the Rio Grande de Santiago. The climate is dry and mostly falls in the semi-arid steppe type, although moisture from the Pacific does influence the state in Summer, particularly western sections.
There are forest of
pines and evergreensin the sierras; in the valleys and plains there is a great abundance of mesquite, maguey, cactus, agave, pastures, huisache, and many other semi-desertic plants.
In the sierras there are many
wild boar, white-tailed deerand hares; in the valleys and plains it is common to find coyote, badgers, quailsand ducks.
The agricultural products are
cereals, sugarand maguey, the first being dependent on the rainfall, often failing altogether, the second on irrigation in the lower valleys, and the latter doing best in a dry climate on a calcareous soil with water not far beneath the surface. There is also a considerable production of peaches, apricots and grapes, the last being made into wine. A few cattleare raised, and considerable attention is given to the rearing of sheep, goats and swine. A natural product is guayule, a shrub from which rubberis extracted.
The chief industry of Zacatecas, however, is
miningfor silver, gold, mercury, copper, iron, zinc, lead, bismuth, antimonyand salt. Its mineralwealth was discovered soon after the conquest, and some of its mines are among the most famous of Mexico, dating from 1546. One of the most productive of its silver mines, the Alvarado, has records which show a production of nearly $800,000,000 in silver between 1548 and 1867. Thanks to Zacatecas and its mines, Mexico has been the largest producer of silver in the world.
The state is traversed by the Mexican Central and the Mexican National railways. Its manufactures are limited chiefly to the reduction of mineral ores, the extraction of rubber from "guayule", the making of sugar,
rum, mezcal, pulque, woollen and cottonfabrics, and some minor industries of the capital.
The state of Zacatecas has a population of 1,441,734 inhabitants. It has more than tripled in a century, in 1900 its population was 462,190. About 75% of the population is
mestizoand 25% is white. In the year 2000, Zacatecas had the smallest indigenous population percentage-wise in Mexico: 0.3%. Only the state of Aguascalienteshas a smaller number of indigenous people, numbering 3,472; Zacatecas has 4,039 indigenous people. [cite web|url=http://www.houstonculture.org/hispanic/census.html|title=The Hispanic Experience - Indigenous Identity in Mexico|author=Schmal, John P.|year=2004|accessdate=2007-12-15] In the last ten years, Zacatecas' population has grown a mere 6%, well below the country's average growth of 20%. [cite web|url=http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101010611/fvillage.html|title=The New Frontier|publisher= CNN|author=Katel, Peter|year=2001|accessdate=2007-12-15] It is estimated that half of the people from Zacatecas do not reside in the state. The biggest concentration of Zacatecanos outside Mexico is in the United States, with a population of approximately 800,000-1,000,000, almost as many people as in the state itself. Most are concentrated in cities such as, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Los Angelesand Phoenix. It fact, there are more "Zacatecanos" living in the Los Angelesarea than in the city of Zacatecas itself.
The largest city in terms of population in the state of Zacatecas is Fresnillo, with a population of 183,236 (2005). It is followed by the state capital of Zacatecas with a population of 118,562 (2005). Next is Sombrerete with 61,652.
The state has touristic cities like: Zacatecas, and
Sombrerete. Near Sombrerete is a small town called La Noria, it is small but on July 27 they have a big festival celebrating the saint "San Pantaleon". There are other places like Jerez, and places like Sierra de Organos, Sierra de Cardos, and Altavista.
*Zacatecas: The colonial center of this city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and features elaborately decorated buildings, cobblestoned streets, and wrought-iron lanterns.
*Sombrerete: Colonial city established in 1555 as a village, actually is a small city, is the fifth most important in the state, and considered the second most beautiful city in the state. The city features old and beautiful churches built in the New Spain Era, with decorated, old buildings. The municipality has touristic forests, and Sierra de Organos, world famous for filming of western movies.
*Jerez de Garcia Salinas: A city near the capital city of Zacatecas (Zacatecas City), has colonial buildings and the Santuario and Parroquial Churches, made known internationally by Lopez Velarde, a writer born in that city. It also has beautiful colonial buildings some of which are now lighted at night. Jerez was designated as a "Pueblo Mágico" in 2007 because of its customs, traditions, cuisine and its people. More than 20 years in the past (1988) it had already been designated as a National Monument.
The current governor of Zacatecas is Amalia García Medina (PRD) who will end her 6 year term in 2010 after winning the election of 2004. She became the first female governor on September 12, 2004. The state is represented by three representatives in the Mexican senate:
Mejía Haro Antonio(PRD), Tomás Torres Mercado(PRD) and José Isabel Trejo Reyes(PAN). Zacatecas also has 9 representatives in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies: 9 of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, 3 of the National Action Party and 1 of the Ecologist Green Party.
Zacatecas is subdivided into 58 municipalities "(municipios)". Mazapil by far is the largest municipality in the state, occupying about 16% of the area of the state. The
Municipality of Momaxis the smallest one in area with only 164.538 km².
List of towns in Zacatecas
Postnecrum, black metal band
Antonio Aguilar, singer, actor
Cynthia Klitbo, actress
Pepe Aguilar, singer
Rebecca de Alba, model
Susana González, actress
Don Juan de Oñate, Mexican-born conquistador of Spanish parents
Mateo Correa Magallanes, 1866-1927, saint and martyr
Manuel María Ponce, composer
Los Temerarios, music group
Ramón López Velarde, Mexican poet of the 19th Century, poet of "La Suave Patria"
Florinda Meza, actress
Sergio Santana, soccer player
Benjamin Galindo, former soccer player
Maria del Rosario Castro
Marco Antonio Flores
Pedro Aguayo "Perro Aguayo", Mexican wrestler
Efraín Flores Mercadosoccer player
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