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About Veracruz

Veracruz  is one of the 31 states that, along with the Federal District, comprise the 32 federative entities of Mexico. The state is noted for its mixed ethnic and indigenous populations. Its cuisine reflects the many cultural influences that have come through the state because of the importance of the port of Veracruz.

Hernán Cortés founded the city of Veracruz while searching for gold in the region. Today, the state is famous for its beautiful beaches and Carnaval, an annual celebration featuring music, dance and spectacular parades. Many of the Otomí people–one of the region’s first inhabitants–still live in Veracruz. The fifth-largest indigenous ethnic group in Mexico, the Otomí are scattered throughout Central Mexico, from Michoacán to Veracruz.

History

During the pre-Hispanic period, the region that1 now constitutes modern-day Veracruz was inhabited by four indigenous cultures. The Huastecos and Otomíes occupied the north, the Totonacas resided in the north-center, and the Olmecs, one of the oldest cultures in all the Americas, dominated the south between 1300 and 400 B.C.

The Spanish first arrived in Veracruz in 1518 under the command of Juan de Grijalva. The expedition also included Bernal Diaz del Castillo, who later became a champion of indigenous rights. Veracruz continues to be a very important part of Mexico’s economy. The state is rich in natural resources and represents approximately 35 percent of Mexico’s water supply.

Fort at San Juan de Ulua

This fort–originally built by the Spanish to protect against pirates and, later, against foreign invaders–became the Spaniards’ last refuge before they were defeated and forced to leave Mexico. After the Mexican War of Independence, the fort was converted into a prison infamous for its harsh conditions. During the Porfirio Diaz era, many prisoners died before being released. The fort gained new fame when it was featured in the film Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

Museums

The Museo de la Ciudad de Veracruz (City Museum) showcases historical artifacts from colonial times through the present. Displays include archaeological treasures from Indian civilizations that shaped Veracruz’s culture as well as paintings, craftwork and photographs from the city’s past.

Originally a naval officer’s school, the Museo Naval (Naval Museum) was restored and opened in 1997 as a tribute to Mexico’s naval history and evolution. The museum displays nautical paraphernalia, historical records of the naval academy and relics from Mexico’s struggles with other countries. In the courtyard, visitors can see remnants of the old wall that used to encircle the city.

Pico de Orizaba

Pico de Orizaba is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America. It is on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla. It is the second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Pico overlooks the valley and city of Orizaba, from which it gets its name. The name Citlaltépetl is not used by Nahuatl speakers of the Orizaba area. Pico de Orizaba is one of only three volcanoes in México that continue to support glaciers and is home to the largest glacier in Mexico, Gran Glaciar Norte. Snow on the south and southeast sides of the volcano melts quickly because of solar radiation, but colder temperatures on the northwest and north sides allow for glaciers.

Regions of Mexico

Aguascalientes Baja California Baja California Sur Campeche
Chiapas Chihuahua Coahuila Colima
Distrito Federal Durango Guanajuato Guerrero
Hidalgo Jalisco Mexico

Michoacan

Morelos Nayarit Nuevo Leon Oaxaca
Puebla Queretaro de Arteaga Quintana Roo San Luis Potosi
Sinaloa Sonora Tabasco Tamaulipas
Tlaxcala Veracruz Yucatan Zacatecas

 


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