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Ciudad Guzman

Trip Planner Mexico  /  Jalisco  /  Ciudad Guzman
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Things to do: nature, sightseeing
Ciudad Guzmán is a city in the Mexican state of Jalisco. It is located at, 124 km south of Guadalajara, at a height of 1,507 meters above sea level. Its population totaled 97,750 in the 2010 census, ranking as the eighth-largest city in the state.Ciudad Guzmán is the municipal seat of Zapotlán el Grande municipality, which has an area of 295.29 km² . The municipality's population was 96,050 in the same census.HistoryPrior to the arrival of the European Spanish Conquistadors, this area was the pre-Columbian kingdom of Zapotlán and was at different times under the domain of the nearby kingdoms of Colima and Michoacán.Zapotlán el Grande was conquered in 1526. Many treasures and weapons are said to be buried throughout the town's old colonial homes, buildings, and farms.In the mid-19th century, the name of the town was changed from Zapotlán el Grande to Ciudad Guzmán, after the Mexican federalist insurgent Gordiano de Guzmán.The town has been nicknamed the "Athens of Jalisco" because it's the birthplace of several well-known intellectuals and artists, including the muralist José Clemente Orozco, the composer Consuelo Velázquez, the scientist José María Arreola and the journalist and historian Juan José Arreola.
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