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Héctor Ortiz Ortiznowrap|(PAN/PT)
leader_title1 = Federal Deputies
leader_name1 =PAN: 2
leader_title2 =Federal Senators
Alfonso Sánchez Anaya(PRD)
Minerva Hernández (PRD)
Rosalía Peredo (PAN)
area_footnotes = Ranked 31st
population_total =1,068,207 (Ranked 27th)
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website = [http://www.tlaxcala.gob.mx/ Official State Site]
Tlaxcala (IPA2|tlasˈkala) is one of the 31 states of
Mexico, located to the east of Mexico City.
Geography and features
Tlaxcala is bordered to the west by
Mexico State, to the northwest by Hidalgo, and to the north, east, and south by Puebla. The state consists of 60 municipalities.
The state capital is the city of Tlaxcala, a small provincial center that reported a population of 15,777 in the
2005census. The surrounding municipality of Tlaxcala reported a population of 83,748. The city was founded in 1520by Hernán Cortéson the site of a pre-existing Native American settlement. It is located at 19.31° N, 98.24° W.
Also in the state of Tlaxcala are the cities of
Apizaco, Calpulapán, Chiautempán, Huamantla, and the pre-Columbianruins of Cacaxtlaand Xochitécatl.
Tlaxcala was an independent nation in
pre-Columbiantimes, never conquered by the Aztecs. The assistance of the Tlaxcalans was of instrumental importance to Cortés in his conquest of Mexico in the early 16th century.
Cortés arrived at Tlaxcala, a confederacy of about 200 towns with a rotating central government, in September of 1519. [Schwartz, "Victors and Vanquished"] Their main city was Tlaxcala. After almost a century of fighting the
flower wars, a great deal of hate and bitterness had developed between the Tlaxcalans and the Aztecs. The Tlaxcalans knew that eventually the Aztecs would try to conquer them. It was just a matter of time before this tension developed into a real conflict. The Aztecs had already conquered much of the territory around Tlaxcala. [cite web|url=http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/cortes/cortes_d00.html|title=Cortés Burns His Boats|publisher= Public Broadcasting Service|accessdate=2008-01-05]
The Tlaxcalans initially greeted the Spanish with hostile action, as a defense of their territory, and the two sides fought a series of battles. The Tlaxcalans inflicted severe losses upon the Spaniards and could have completely defeated them had they wished to.fact|date=October 2008 After several battles, a number of the Tlaxcalan leaders realized that they could use the Spanish as a proxy army to expand their military influence in the
Valley of Mexico. An alliance was made. On September 18, 1519, Cortés arrived in Tlaxcala and was greeted with joy by the rulers, who already saw the Spanish as a tool to use against the Aztecs, and thus increase the Tlaxcalan fortunes. Due to a commercial blockade by the Aztecs, Tlaxcala was poor, lacking, among other things, both salt and cotton cloth, so they could only offer Cortés and his men food and women (as was the custom of alliances). Cortes stayed 20 days in Tlaxcala. It was there that he could appreciate for the first time the way of life of the inhabitants of Mesoamerica. Cortés seems to have won the true friendship of the old leaders of Tlaxcala, among them Maxixcatzinand Xicotencatl the Elder, although he could not win the heart of Xicotencatl the Younger.
The Tlaxcalan rulers saw the Spaniards as a military tool to be used for their own political ambitions. For millennia in ancient Mexico, kingdoms had jockeyed for power through war and political alliances. The Tlaxcalans saw this as their opportunity to shift the center of power away from the Aztecs, and to expand their own kingdom. The Spaniards, in turn, saw the Tlaxcalans as a means to pursue their own ambitions for wealth. The Spaniards agreed to respect parts of the city, like the temples (but in the end, the Spaniards would destroy every single temple). The Spanish destruction of many religious statues caused dissent in the common Tlaxcalan population, but the rulers insisted on maintaining a military alliance.
All that time, Cortés offered to talk about the benefits of Christianity. Spanish legends say that he convinced the four leaders of Tlaxcala to become baptized. Maxixcatzin, Xicohtencatl the elder, Citalpopocatzin, and Temiloltecutl received the names of Don Lorenzo, Don Vicente, Don Bartolomé, and Don Gonzalo.
It's difficult to know if they understood the Catholic faith. In any event, they apparently had no problems in subordinating the new god "Dios" (in Spanish), the lord of the heavens, to their already complex pantheon.
An exchange of gifts was made and thus began the alliance between Cortés and Tlaxcala. [Hugh Tomas, "The conquest of Mexico", 1994]
Tlaxcala is subdivided into 60 municipalities. "(municipios)". See
municipalities of Tlaxcala.
*Tlaxcala (Tlaxcala de Xicohténcatl)
Tlaxcala is served by the near by
Hermanos Serdan International Airport
* Bl. Antonio, one of the Child Martyrs (Niños Martires) of Tlaxcala
*es icon [http://www.tlaxcala.gob.mx/ Official State Site]
*en icon [http://www.visitmexico.com/wb/Visitmexico/Visi_Tlaxcala_est Tlaxcala on visitmexico.com] tourist information
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