"The Land of the Deer" Cultural Tip by Tolik

Cultural, Mazatlán: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Mazatlan Downtown
by Tolik

Favorite thing: Mazatlan ('land of the deer') was originally settled by the Spaniards in 1531, and was a major port and village on the Pacific coast. Before the Spanish, it was settled by the native Indians, called the Totorames. They were hunters and fisherman, and adept at making clay vases and figures. The Spanish put an end to all of that. A Spaniard named Nuño de Guzmán, driven by an intense jealousy of Cortés, slaughtered the innocent natives of Mazatlan, for the greater glory of Spain. Next the conquistador Francisco de Ibarra discovered gold and sliver in the hills above Mazatlan. The city was incorporated in 1806, and a few years later, in the 1830s, the municipal government was established and Mazatlan began to grow as a seaport. A German immigration led to the growth of the port, and international trade blossomed. Even today there are many German names here in Mazatlan, and it is not uncommon to find Mazatlan residents whose second language is German. In 1847, during the Mexican - American war, the US army marched down the coast and closed the port. The French also bombarded the port in 1864, during their conquest. Since then it has become the home of one of the largest tuna and shrimp fishing fleets in the world.

Fondest memory: It is also a world class tourist resort, with beautiful beaches, nice hotels, and restaurants opening all the time.

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 29, 2003
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