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Durango History, Mexico

Not many archeological evidences have been found which would reveal something about the history of Durango. The first ever human touch was of the Nahoan Indians came to the land on which today the city of Durango is located. It is said that they arrived from the northern section of this continent which is today known as United States. This incident took place some 2 millennia back. It was between the years of 800 A.D. and 1400 A.D. when two famous tribes Tepehuanos and the Zacatecas had settled down on this very location.

Another tribe which had settled on this land before the Spanish finally arrived was Tarahumaras. They were amongst the most intelligent tribes that had settled on this land where today the city of Durango is located. They started to use caves in various mountains or stone houses as their homes. The cultivation of corn was also started by this tribe itself. Another group of this same community used to live on the neighboring land which is today famous by the name of Chihuahua. These two groups used to cultivate various crops with the help of each other and share the products as per their needs.

The first Spanish touch into the city of Durango was somewhere during 1554. Under the leadership of Captain Francisco Ibarra the Spanish Army took control of the land even though initially they did face some resistance from the locals who were already living in the city. The revolt to free up Mexico from the clutches of Spanish Army started somewhere in 1810 but the revolt got delayed as some local officials were in support of the Spanish control. Later when these officials were ousted then slowly Mexico gained independence by the year 1821.

It was the yea 1825 when Durango was officially tagged as a state of Mexico. The Mexican government kept the control of this state for the coming 25 years. The state of Durango couldn’t participate in the national level politics of Mexico as it was busy fighting against the local tribes who wanted to free the state from the control of Mexico.

By 1876, the Mexican Army was sent to Durango so as to control the revolt and this is when the state as well as the city of Durango finally started to grow economically.

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