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Jalostotitlán
—  Municipality and city  —

Coat of arms
Location of the municipality in Jalisco
Jalostotitlán is located in Mexico
Jalostotitlán
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 21°12′N 102°28′W / 21.2°N 102.467°W / 21.2; -102.467
Country  Mexico
State Jalisco
Area
 - Total 427.06 km2 (164.9 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 - Total 28,462

The municipality of Jalostotitlán and its municipal seat of the same name are located in the Los Altos region of the Mexican state of Jalisco.

The municipality shares its border on the north with the municipaly of Teocaltiche, the east with the municipality of San Juan de los Lagos, to the south with the municipality of San Miguel El Alto, to the southwest with the municipality of Valle de Guadalupe, and to the west with the municipality of Cañadas de Obregón.

The city is located in a mid-section of the country, with semi-desert, arid lands to the north and more fertile lands to the south. Winters are relatively cold and summers are hot and rainy. The municipality also includes the towns of San Nicolás de las Flores, Teocaltitán de Guadalupe, San Gaspar de los Reyes and Mitic. The center of town are the churches that originate from the 1500s, when the city was first founded.

"Jalostotitlán" means "Land Of Sandy Caves" in Nahuatl.

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Population

The population of the municipality of Jalostotitlán totaled 53,256 inhabitants according to the 2000 census. Of these, 20,201 reside in the municipal seat. Similar to the rest of the Los Altos region, Jalostotitlán did not retain a large indigenous population. Only two-tenths of one percent of inhabitants speak an indigenous language according to the census.

Economy

The main acitivities in the municipality are agriculture, cattle-farming and the services industry. In the past 15 years Jalostotitlán has become a relevant manufacturing center, producing shoes, leather goods and dairy products.

History

In 1164, the residents of the area (mostly from the Tecuexe and Caxcan tribes) resisted Aztec advances, who had just settled in nearby Teocaltiche for a period of 40 years before moving on to Tenochtitlán.

The Spaniards first arrived in the area during the conquest of Tonalá under Captain Pedro Almíndez Chirino with the 350 Spaniards and 500 Tarascan and Tlaxcaltecs under his control.

After a series of rebellions, the area was placed under the Spanish crown in 1541. The town of Jalostotitlán was founded by Fray Miguel de Bologna in 1544.

After Independence, Jalostotitlán gained status of town in 1838. The municipality of Jalostotitlán was created on 21 May 1872.

Jalostotitlán was elevated to city status on 1 September 1970 and made the seat of the municipality.

Sources

  • Enciclopedia de los Municipios del Estado de Jalisco [1]
  • Insituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática [2]

Coordinates: 21°12′N 102°28′W / 21.2°N 102.467°W / 21.2; -102.467

Fiestas In Jalostotitlan

Fiestas In Jalos are celebrated twice a year, The first being in early to late February, which is called "Carnaval", and the other being in August which is called "Fiestas De La Virgen De La Asuncion". Carnaval is typically a more enjoyable time, with great weather. There are lots of activities and events during the whole week, day and night. "Carnaval" has concerts, also known as "palenque" Bullfighting as well as parades and "terrazas" in the plaza with Bandas and Mariachi. August Fiestas are more religious and much stricter, and weather in that time isn't as favorable, since it is during the rainy season But it is still enjoyable.

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