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Amatepec is a town and municipality, in Mexico State in Mexico. The municipality covers an area of 624.9 km². The name Amatepec comes from Náhuatl meaning "hill of the Amate tree".

Amatepec
Municipality and city
Amatepec is located in Mexico
Amatepec
Amatepec
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 18°39′N 100°9′W / 18.650°N 100.150°W / 18.650; -100.150Coordinates: 18°39′N 100°9′W / 18.650°N 100.150°W / 18.650; -100.150
Country Mexico
StateMexico State
Area
 • Total624.9 km2 (241.3 sq mi)
Population
(2005)
 • Total27,026
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)

The Spanish discovered silver lodes here in 1531, which started commercial silver mining in the area. Along with Sultepec, the area became known as the "Provincia de la Plata".[1]

As of 2005, the municipality had a total population of 27,026.[2]

Archaeological siteEdit

Northeastern of the city around 15 miles away of Amatepec, was discovered the Archaeological site of San Miguel Ixtapan that belonged to the Otomi people. This place is the most important prehispanic site discovered in this region. This place also has ballgame court.

 
San Miguel Ixtapan, ballgame court

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ West,Robert. Early Silver Mining in New Spain, 1531-1555 (1997). Bakewell, Peter, ed. Mines of Silver and Gold in the Americas. Aldershot: Variorum, Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 61–64.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Amatepec". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on March 23, 2007. Retrieved April 21, 2009.