Múzquiz Municipality

Múzquiz is one of the 38 municipalities of Coahuila, in north-eastern Mexico. The municipal seat lies at Santa Rosa de Múzquiz. The municipality covers an area of 8,128.9 square kilometres (3,138.6 sq mi).

Múzquiz, Coahuila

Municipio de Múzquiz
Municipality of Múzquiz
Municipality of Múzquiz in Coahuila
Municipality of Múzquiz in Coahuila
Coordinates: 27°52′43″N 101°31′2″W / 27.87861°N 101.51722°W / 27.87861; -101.51722Coordinates: 27°52′43″N 101°31′2″W / 27.87861°N 101.51722°W / 27.87861; -101.51722
Country Mexico
State Coahuila
Municipal seatSanta Rosa de Múzquiz
Area
 • Total8,128.9 km2 (3,138.6 sq mi)
Population
 (2005)
 • Total62,710

As of 2005, the municipality had a total population of 62,710.[1] Of these, 242 spoke an indigenous language, primarily Kickapoo and Nahuatl.

It is named for Melchor Múzquiz, President of the Republic in 1832, born in Santa Rosa in 1790.

Besides the seat, other towns of note include the coal mining town of Palaú (pop 16,000).

Communities originating in the United StatesEdit

The town of El Nacimiento is home to the Kickapoo and the Mascogos, both of whom originated in the eastern United States. The Mascogos (Spanish: Negros Mascogos) are descendants of Black Seminoles who had fled to Indian Territory following the Seminole Wars. Both the Kickapoo and the Mascogos later left Indian Territory and settled in Mexico. Locals in El Nacimiento celebrate Juneteenth, known locally as "Day of the Blacks" (Spanish: Día de los Negros).[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Múzquiz". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved November 8, 2008.
  2. ^ Ferguson, Wes (2019-06-19). "Why This Mexican Village Celebrates Juneteenth". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2020-06-21.