Taxco


Taxco
Taxco [täs′kō]
city in Guerrero state, S Mexico: resort & silver manufacturing center: pop. 87,000

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Tax·co (täsʹkō)
A town of southern Mexico south-southwest of Mexico City. An important mining town founded in 1529, it is a popular resort center. Population: 86,811.

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in full Taxco de Alarcón

Town (pop., 2000: 50,488), Guerrero state, south-central Mexico.

A silver-mining site in pre-Columbian times, it became one of the first mining centres to be inhabited by Spaniards. It prospered in the colonial period and is still renowned for its silver. Because of its colonial character, with its cobblestone streets and the baroque Church of Santa Prisca, it has been declared a national landmark.

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Mexico
in full  Taxco de Alarcón  
 city, northern Guerrero estado (state), south-central Mexico, on the slopes of Atache Hill, at 5,758 feet (1,755 m) above sea level, in the Sierra de Taxco. The place was a mining centre in pre-Columbian times. The Indian settlement (Tlacho), together with the settlement founded by the Spanish in 1528, became the city of Taxco and was one of the first early mining centres to be inhabited by Spaniards. The city prospered in the 18th century, its silver mines producing great wealth under the leadership of the family of José de la Borda, a miner of French descent. It was the birthplace of the 18th-century poet and dramatist Juan Ruiz de Alarcón y Mendoza, memorialized in its full name. The city is still renowned for its silver, but copper, zinc, lead, and fluorite are also mined in the vicinity. Taxco is also a commercial centre for the area, which yields corn (maize), beans, sugarcane, and fruits. It is primarily known for its fine silver handwork and other crafts, being recognized as the outstanding centre for silverwork in the Western Hemisphere; the ancient craft was revived there in the 1930s by a U.S. resident, William Spratling. Because of its colonial character, with its fine Baroque Church of Santa Prisca and other churches and buildings lining its steep, narrow, cobblestone streets, it has been declared a national monument and is a tourist as well as an art centre. It is located 12 1/2 mi (20 km) north of Iguala, through which the Mexico City–Acapulco expressway passes. Pop. (2000) city, 50,488; (2005) city, 50,415.

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