Classic Old City (Resembles Cartgena, Columbia!)

Trip Start Jul 20, 2011
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Trip End Dec 09, 2011


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Hotel Playa Macombo
What I did
Restaurant La Paroquia

Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city . The city is located in the central part of the state,
and is the state's most populous city. The city's population is
actually greater than the municipality's population, since part of the
city extends into neighboring Boca del Rio.
When CORTEZ
arrived in Mexico in 1519, this was the place where he founded a city
with the name Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz, referring to the area’s gold
and the fact he landed on a GOOD FRIDAY. The settlement became the first on the American mainland and the first to receive a coat-of-arms.  During the colonial period, this city had the largest mercantile class and was at times wealthier even than Mexico CITY.
This wealth made it attractive to pirates, against which fortifications
such as Fort San Juan de Ula were built. In the 19th century, Veracruz
saw a number of invasions, mostly by France and the United States with
the last invasion in 1914.  For much of the 20th century, the production of petroleum was more important for the state,
but in the latter twentieth century and into the twenty-first, the port
has re-emerged as the main economic engine, becoming the main port for
most of Mexico’s imports and exports, especially for the automotive
industry.
Veracruz’s status as a port has made the city a blend of cultures, mostly indigenous, Spanish and Cuban.
The influence of these three is best seen in the food and music of the
area, which has strong Spanish, Caribbean and African influences.
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