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Pinotepa Nacional

Pinotepa Nacional is a city and seat of the municipality of the same name, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It is located in the Jamiltepec District in the west of the Costa Region. The name Pinotepa means "toward the crumbling hill" in Náhuatl.The townDuring colonial times, its name was Pinotepa del Rey, and just after Independence, it was called Pinotepa del Estado. It is located at a height of 200 m above sea level in the Mixteca de la Costa region of the state.The region has an interesting history. A high percentage of its population is of African ancestry. There are two historical theories of how this came about. The first is that during the colonial period African slaves were brought to this area to work on the various haciendas here. The second theory is that these people are the descendants of Africans destined for the slave trade whose ship wrecked off the coast of Oaxaca. This is also the home of a notorious bandit by the name of Silverio Petatán, who was captured and executed in 1864. Because of his boss-eye and colourful language, the bandit's head was brought to the town and put on public display for a number of days.The town has a reputation for being rowdy and full of parties. It is one of the few afromexican areas of the country (African descendants are also historically present in Guerrero, Sinaloa y Veracruz states). It is also noted for crafts such as knitted items, embroidered items, and, in particular, knives, machetes and saddle-making. It is also the host town for the UTM annual wife hunt event, where lonely desperate men from neighbouring municipalities come to try and charm a spouse with limited Spanish but flashy boots.
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