Amacuzac is a city in the Mexican state of Morelos. The name means In the River of Yellow Amates. Amacuzac stands at , at a mean height of 900 meters (3,000 ft.) above sea level. The city serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name. The municipality reported 17,772 inhabitants in the year 2015 census and covers a total surface area of 125 km² (48.3 miles2).
The ancestors of the people of Amacuzac demonstrate Olmec influence. Small beads, vessels, human figurines, ceremonial whistles, and stone carvings have been dated to the years 900 to 500 BCE, coinciding with the peak of La Venta in Tabasco.
During the Colonial era, Amacuzac belonged to the Marquesado del Valle de Oaxaca, Hacienda de San Gabriel Las Palmas. In 1554 Hernan Cortes ceded land to build a church along the highway to Acapulco. The church, which took three hundred years to build, was founded by Franciscans and it was called San Gabriel Yermo. Between the 16th and 18th centuries, Amacuzac lost a great deal of its territory to the hacienda of San Gabriel Las Palmas.
The town of Amacuzac was nearly wiped out in 1850 due to the Matlalzáhuac epidemic and cholera. The ruins of this town can be found one kilometer south of the present town, which was founded by Aniceto Aranda in 1853. The town was rebuilt largely due to the efforts of Aniceto Aranda. By 1884, several families from Teacalco and Contlalco had settled in Amacuzac. In 1890 the people of Amacuzac built a chalana (barge) to transport merchandise from Acapulco.
In 1891 Amacuzac was the scene of a conference between representatives of the states of Morelos and Guerrero to establish the border. As a result, the border was established in the Serranía de Ocotlán, which was signed into law on April 30, 1892. This was ratified by President Álvaro Obregón on May 23, 1923. Dissatisfied with the religious beliefs of the village of San Gabriel, President Plutarco Elías Calles seized land belonging to this village and granted it to Las Palmas, creating San Gabriel Las Palmas.
Alfonso Miranda Gallegos, the candidate of Juntos Haremos Historia (Together we will make history coalition), was elected Presidente Municipal in the election of July 1, 2018, with 57% of the votes.
The southern part of the municipality, some 59% of the total area, is flat. The Sierra de Ocotlán (or Cerro Frío) is on the southern border; its main heights are: Cerro del Veladero, el Sombrerito, and el Picacho at 1,250 meters (4,101 ft.) each. North of Teacalco is the Cerro de los Ajonjolíes and the Cerro de los Corrales at 1,259 meters (4,131 ft.).
Rivers & WatersEdit
Water resources of Amacuzac consist basically of the Rio Salado, which passes through Casahuatlán and Coahuixtla. The Amacuzac River runs along part of the border of the municipality, fed by the stream from the Barranca de Xoapa, which has its source in the municipality of Tetecala. The Amacuzac River begins in the town of Cacahuamilpa, Guerrero, at the junction of Río Chontacoatlán and Río San Jerónimo. The river is approximately 80 kilómetros (50 miles) long. After leaving the municipality of Amacuzac, the river goes to Puente de Ixtla by Río Chalma and Río Tembembe, joining other rivers to feed Río Mezcala and form the Balsas River. There is an important dam in Amacuzac at Rancho Nuevo. The dam has a capacity of 2 million cubic meters (70,000 feet3).
The municipality of Amacuzac has a humid tropical climate, with an annual average temperature of 25°C (77°F), a rainfall of 1,187 millimeters (47 inches) per year, and its rainy season is from June to October.
Flora & FaunaEdit
Vegetation includes cazahuate (a tree that measures 15 to 50 feet high and has long leaves and white flowers ), ceiba, cuajilote (a thorny tree), tepehuaje (a tree that measures between 25 and 40 feet), chapulixtle (a medicinal plant), mesquite, parota, red and white huaje (a legume), nopal (prickly pear), guamúchil (a medium-sized fruit tree), copal (traditionally used for incense), and huizache (acacia).
Animals include badger, white-tailed deer, hare, common rabbit, coyote, weasel, cacomixtle (similar to a raccoon), opossum, foxes, skunks, armadillo, raccoon, ferret, cuinique (chipmunk), bats, flagged bird, chachalaca, magpie, buzzard, aura, raven, and owl. Many of these species are in danger of extinction.
Sierra de HuautlaEdit
Established in 2006, the Sierra de Huautla Biosphere Reserve (REBIOSH) covers 59,031 hectares (145,869 acres) in the Balsas River Basin of the municipalities of Amacuzac, Tlaquiltenango, Tepalcingo, Jojutla, and Puente de Ixtla. Its rough topology varies from 700 to 2,240 meters (2,297 to 7,349 feet) above sea level in the Balsas Basin and constitutes a rich reservoir of endemic species to Mexico. There is a broad range of ecosystem, including low deciduous forest, gallery vegetation, and pine and oak forests. 939 species of plants, 44 species of butterflies, 71 species of mammals, 208 species of birds, 53 species of reptiles, 18 species of amphibians, and 14 species of fish have been noted. Among the species of animals are jaguars, short-horned Baronia butterfly, beaded lizard, military macaw, roufus-backed robin, Balsas screech owl, Pileated flycatcher, mountain lion, ocelot, margay, bobcat, and jaguarundi.
There are small quarries of sand and stone quarry, whose exploitation is carried out by the inhabitants of the community and are intended for self-consumption within the municipality. In the area of construction, there is a deposit of raw material for the production of cement. The river is also a source of gravel-sand production for construction.
Monuments and MuseumsEdit
La Hacienda de San Gabriel Las PalmasEdit
The monastery was built upon the orders of Hernan Cortes in 1529. When the Franciscans were forced to abandon their monastery in 1558, San Gabriel was converted to a sugar cane plantation, eventually becoming the largest important refinery in Mexico. The Hacienda was also an important rest point for travelers along the Acapulco-Mexico City trail. During the Mexican War of Independence, insurgent Leonardo Bravo was betrayed and captured at the hacienda of San Gabriel; he was later executed in Mexico City. Later, in 1821, the hacienda was the scenario of a plot between Vicente Guerrero and Agustín de Iturbide to make the latter emperor of Mexico. During the Porfiriato, while he was at the Hacienda of San Gabriel, President Porfirio Diaz ordered the execution of Andres Molina Enriquez, a leading advocate of land reform. During the Mexican Revolution, the hacienda served as a headquarters for Emiliano Zapata. Today the ex-hacienda is a hotel/restaurant/spa/museum. Visitors can also see the historical watchtower and jail.
Zoofari is a Safari park in Teacalco featuring 130 different species and over 1,500 animals. Founded in May, 1984, the park is based on respect for nature, generating awareness of protection to life, to promote empathy, love, and learning the wonderful animal world and the environment. The park is divided into six sections, five for you to travel by car and admire life closely. The park has a zip line, restaurant, and gift shop. In July, 2018, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection sent five Centrochelys sulcata turtles to Zoofari for safekeeping.
The Church of San Gabriel Las Palmas in Amacuzac and the Church of Huajintlán were founded by Franciscans and Jesuits in the 16th century. The feast of San Gabriel (St. Gabriel) is celebrated from March 24 to March 30. St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated in Huajintlán from September 29 to October 5, and the Virgin of Guadalupe is honored in Teacalco from December 12 to 18. Festivals are accompanied by a brass band and Chinelo dancers.
There are natural beaches along the Amacuzac River in Huajintlán and in the town of Amacuzac, and along the Temembe River near San Gabriel de las Palmas. There is a small water park called San Juan II in San Gabriel de las Palmas.
Handicrafts include güiros, tambourines, and maracas (percussion instruments). Traditional foods include iguana stew, rabbit stew, red and green mole, and tamarind. The largest artesenal Mezcal distillery in Mexico is Casa Resiu Mezcal, located in Santa Teresa.
Amacuzac is the municipal seat. Its principal economic activities are agriculture and commerce. It has 4,921 residents and is 46 km (25.6 miles) from Cuernavaca and 136 km (84.5 miles) from Mexico City. There are three preschools, three elementary schools (grades1-6), a middle school (grades 7-9), and a high school (grades 10-12). It is 899 meters (2,949 ft.) above sea level.
San Gabriel las Palmas has 2,635 residents. Its principal economic activity is agriculture. It is 44 km from Cuernavaca and 4.3 km from the municipal seat. There is one preschool, two elementary schools (grades 1-6), and a middle school (grades 7-9). It is located at an altitude of 915 meters above sea level.
Huajintlán is a farming community with 2,250 residents located 49 km from Cuernavaca and 7 km from the municipal seat. It is 956 meters above sea level, and there is one preschool, two elementary schools, and one middle school.
Teacalco is a farming community with 762 residents located 52 km from Cuernavaca and 11 km from the municipal seat. It is 991 meters above sea level, and there is a preschool, an elementary school, and a middle school.
The principal crops grown in Amacuzac are sugar cane, sorghum, corn, beans, and peanuts. The principal vegetables are squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and green tomatoes. Watermelons, mangos, guava, oranges, and lemons are also grown. River fishing and fish farms are also important sources of employment.
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