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Other Mexican States
Capital Morelia
Other major cities Lázaro Cárdenas
list of municipalities
Area 59,928 km²
Ranked 16th
(2000 census)
Ranked 7th
Lázaro Cárdenas Batel (PRD)
Federal Deputies (13) PRD = 9
PRI = 2
PAN = 1
disputed = 1
Federal Senators PRD = 2
PRI = 1
ISO 3166-2
Postal abbr.

Michoacán (formally: Michoacán de Ocampo) is a one of the 31 constituent states of Mexico. It borders the states of Colima and Jalisco to the west, Guanajuato and Querétaro to the north, México to the east, Guerrero to the south east, and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

It has an area of 59,864 km². In 2003 the population was estimated at 4,047,500 people. The state capital is the city of Morelia (previously known as Valladolid).

Michoacán also contains the cities of Apatzingán, Hidalgo, Jacona, Jiquilpan, La Piedad, Lázaro Cárdenas, Los Reyes, Paracho, Pátzcuaro, Puruándiro, Sahuayo, Uruapan, Zacapú, Zamora, and Zitácuaro, as well as the pre-Columbian ruins of Tzintzuntzán.

Aguililla is a town in Michoacán that is famous for its beautiful butterflies.


Michoacán contains 113 municipalities. See Municipalities of Michoacán.

External links

  • Michoacán state government (http://www.michoacan.gob.mx/) (Macromedia Flash)

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Aguascalientes | Baja California | Baja California Sur | Campeche | Chiapas | Chihuahua | Coahuila | Colima | Durango | Guanajuato | Guerrero | Hidalgo | Jalisco | México | Michoacán | Morelos | Nayarit | Nuevo León | Oaxaca | Puebla | Querétaro | Quintana Roo | San Luis Potosí | Sinaloa | Sonora | Tabasco | Tamaulipas | Tlaxcala | Veracruz | Yucatán | Zacatecas
Federal District: Mexican Federal District

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Michoacan Travel :: Mexico Travel Guide :: Mexico Destination Guide :: Travel to Mexico (883 words)
Michoacan, which means 'Place of the Masters of Fish' in Nahuatl, was originally inhabited by tribes of the Chupicuaro culture from Guanajuato.
By 1800, Michoacan was a center of mining, sugar cane plantations, textile and furniture manufacture, and educated criollos could turn their attention to more important things, like independence from Spain.
A third Michoacan native, Agustin Iturbide, became the commander of a royalist army, changed sides and then named himself Emperor of Mexico after the ouster of the Spaniards; he was exiled in disgrace in 1823.
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