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City & municipal seat
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Tantoyuca is located in Mexico
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 21°21′0″N 98°14′0″W / 21.35000°N 98.23333°W / 21.35000; -98.23333Coordinates: 21°21′0″N 98°14′0″W / 21.35000°N 98.23333°W / 21.35000; -98.23333
Country  Mexico
State Veracruz
Municipality Tantoyuca
Founded pre-Conquest
Town status 12 April 1850
City status 25 July 1901
 • Municipal President Trinidad San Román Vera (PRI), 2008-10
Elevation 140 m (460 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 23,893
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Tantoyuca is a city in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is located in the state's Huasteca Alta region. It serves as the municipal seat of the surrounding municipality of Tantoyuca.

In the 2005 INEGI Census, the city of Tantoyuca reported a total population of 23,893.[1]



Tantoyuca comes from the Tenek tan-tuyik, which means "place of wax."


Tantoyuca was founded by Huastec people in pre-Hispanic times. It was conquered by the Mexica Triple Alliance in the late 15th or early 16th centuries. It was given town (villa) status on 12 April 1850 and city (ciudad) status on 25 July 1901.


  1. ^ "Tantoyuca". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 27 January 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2008. 

External linksEdit

  • Tantoyuca Web page of the Veracruz State Govt. Accessed 6 November 2008.