Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz

Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-eastern Mexico. The municipality covers an area of 326.6 km², and is at an average elevation of 1,600 meters.

Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz
Municipality and town
Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz is located in Mexico
Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz
Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°19′N 96°35′W / 16.317°N 96.583°W / 16.317; -96.583Coordinates: 16°19′N 96°35′W / 16.317°N 96.583°W / 16.317; -96.583
Country Mexico
 • Total326.6 km2 (126.1 sq mi)
 • Total32,185
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)
Church in Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz

It is part of the Miahuatlán District in the south of the Sierra Sur Region. As of 2005, the municipality had 6,708 households with a total population of 32,185, of whom 2,517 spoke an indigenous language.[1] The name comes from the Nahuatl Miahuatlán: Miahua (ear of corn) and tlan (place or area). During the Aztec period the town was known as Miahuapan Miahuatlán, "Canal of the Corn Tassel".[2]

The city has 16 kindergartens, 12 primary schools, a technical high school and a general secondary school and a regional university, Universidad de la Sierra Sur. It has a radio station, a television station, telephone service, telegraph and a post office.[1]

Francisco de P. Mendoza, Batalla de Miahuatlán, 1906..jpg

The Battle of Miahuatlán took place near the town on 3 October 1866, an important military action in which the Mexican republican troops defeated a larger force of troops of the Second Mexican Empire.[3] The battle is celebrated in an annual holiday on the date it took place.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  2. ^ "Historia de Miahuatlán". miahuatlan-oax.com. Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  3. ^ David Marley (1998). Wars of the Americas: a chronology of armed conflict in the New World, 1492 to the present. ABC-CLIO. p. 561. ISBN 0-87436-837-5.