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Old September 23rd, 2011, 11:13 PM   #3961
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Mexican Independence

Mexico was the home to highly developed civilizations, including the Mayas and the Toltecs (later called the Aztecs), since at least the 10th century. In the early 1500s, Spanish conquistadors (like Hernan Cortes) came to Mexico, brutally toppling the local rulers, claiming the land for Spain, enslaving many Indians, and looting what they could of Mexico's treasures. For over 300 years, Mexico, then called New Spain, was a part of Spain's empire.

On September 16, 1810, the priest Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla started a revolt against Spanish rule. He and his untrained Indian followers fought against the Spanish, but his revolt was unsuccessful and Father Hidalgo was executed. After this setback, Father Jose Maria Morelos led the revolutionaries, but he also failed and was executed. These two men are still symbols of Mexican liberty and patriotism.

After the Mexican-born Spanish and the Catholic Church joined the revolution, Spain was finally defeated in 1821. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 of each year, the anniversary of the start of Father Hidalgo's revolt.

Cinco de Mayo is a completely different celebration related to a victory over the French army in 1862.
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Mazatlan is located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, so although it's in the tropics, temperatures are a little cooler than the other tourist destinations further south. Many North Americans have now settled in Mazatlan, partly because the climate is more suitable for year-round living than other coastal cities. With a population over 500,000, it can offer most of the amenities needed for year-round living. It is a very long one day drive, or preferrably, a easy two day drive from the U.S.A. border.

Mazatlan is a busy deep sea port, and a popular destination for fishers. Many charter boat companies offer a wide variety of fishing. It also has the largest commercial shrimp fishery in Mexico.

Surfing beaches can be found at Olas Altas.

Mazatlan is a comfortable place for North Americans to live. English is widely spoken, and there are many English speaking doctors and dentists, and the hospitals are excellent.

Mazatlan is the terminus for the 18 hour ferry trips to La Paz on the Baja peninsula. These ferries carry cars, but commercial traffic is given priority, and in peak times it may be difficult to get your car aboard.

One of the largest resort hotels in Mexico can be found here. More than 10,000 hotel rooms have been built in Mazatlan. A beautiful seaside boulevard runs for 10 miles, with many hotels, restaurants and stores to choose from
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For centuries, Mazatlán was inhabited by indios whose major occupation was fishing. The city was founded in 1531 by a small group of Spanish conquistadors led by Nuno de Guzman. They used the natural harbor to ship out gold from the region. Soon the pirates, mainly French and English, used the particular shape of the coastline as a perfect hiding place to attack the Spanish galleons along the Pacific Ocean coast.


In 1829 a Spanish banker named Machado arrived in Mazatlan and established commercial relations with vessels coming to Mazatlán from North and South America.

During the Mexican-American War,1846-48, the U.S. Army took the city and to avoid seeing the city shelled the Mexican army abandoned it. Almost twenty years later, November 13, 1864, a French man-of-war fired on the city twelve times but there were no casualties.

Mazatlán then became part of the Mexican Empire under Maximilian (vestiges of French influence may still be found in the architecture of many buildings in Centro Historico). On November 13, 1866, the Mexican general Ramon Corona expelled the imperialists from Mazatlán.

On June 18, 1868, William H. Bridge, captain of HMS Chanticleer, blockaded the port and threatened to shell the city. The captain had taken umbrage after local Customs Authorities seized 23 ounces of gold from the paymaster of the ship. During the Mexican Revolution, Mazatlán had the dubious distinction of being the first city upon which aerial bombardment was practiced. A Federalist bi-plane dropped a satchel charge containing shrapnel on the city, resulting in fatalities.

During the Gold Rush, fortune hunters from the United States East Coast sailed from New York Harbor and other Atlantic ports to Mexican ports in the Gulf of Mexico. Debarking, the aspiring miners travelled overland for weeks to Mazatlán, where they would embark from the port to arrive in San Francisco in another four to five weeks.

Mazatlán's lighthouse (El Faro) began to shine by mid-1879. The lamp had been handcrafted in Paris, containing a big oil lamp with mirrors and a Fresnel lens to enhance the light. Since the light was static, in the distance it was often mistaken as a star. By 1905 this lamp was converted to a revolving lamp. Today, the 1000 watt bulb can be seen from 30 nautical miles (60 km). Near the lighthouse shore.

Angela Peralta (1845 - 1883), a Mexican opera diva famed throughout the world, died of Yellow Fever in Mazatlan shortly after her arrival in the port. Legend has it she sang one last aria from her hotel balcony overlooking the Plazuela Machado. Her memory is held dear by Mazatlácos to this day.

Mazatlán is also the hometown of Pedro Infante, one of the most popular actors and singers of the golden years of Mexico's film industry. The city was well regarded by film stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, and others of their generation as a sportfishing mecca. The hotels along Olas Altas flourished during the 40's, 50's and 60's supporting this vibrant trade.

In the 70's, tourism in Old Mazatlán declined as other, newer venues opened on the expanses of beach to the north of the city. As an example of Mazatlán's tourism expansion, one of the largest timeshare providers in Mexico, Mayan Resorts was founded in 1975 with the inauguration of Paraíso Mazatlán (Mazatlán Paradise). This time also saw the expansion of the Hotel Playa Mazatlán and the construction of many others, a trend that continues to this day.

As the 21st Century begins, Centro Historico has been rediscovered by newcomers and locals alike, spurring a renaissance of restoration and entreprenurial endeavors. Many once fine homes that had fallen into literal ruin have been restored to their former glory to house families and boutique businesses. The city has been of assistance in upgrading infrastructure, such as improved water, sewer and electrical services.
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