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Morelia History, Mexico

The land on which today the city of Morelia is located was inhabited by Pirindas who were a dynasty of those years. This land was then called as Guayangareo. Later on the Spanish Army arrived into the country of Mexico and this was the time when all historical dynasties vanished from the city of Morelia. It was the year 1541 when the foundation for this city of Morelia was officially laid down. This honor was done by the very first Viceroy of Spain whose name was Antonio de Mendoza. At that time this city was named as City of Michoacán.

During those days this tiny and newly formed cities was inhabited by 50 indigenous families who had come with the Spanish Army and also by the Tiripetio plus Pátzcuaro people who used to serve as slaves to the huge Spanish Army. It was the year 1545 when the name for this city was changed to Valladolid.

The city of Valladolid remained under the control of Spanish Army for many years to come. Although there were many attempts by surroundings countries to enter the city but all failed. Similarly even the locals of the city did try to revolt but somehow even they couldn’t fight hard against such a huge Army. It was the year 1547 when this town was officially given the tag of being a city. Later on it was year 1553 when the city of Valladolid was gifted with its own personal coat of arms.

It was the year 1580 when the city of Valladolid was tagged as capital city for Michoacán. On the other hand the tag of capital city was taken away from Pátzcuaro. This was the time when the city of Valladolid was actually gaining fame. It was the colonial period for the city of Morelia when huge numbers of religious monuments were built in this city. The touch of Spanish architecture could be clearly seen in these monuments.

The city was officially named as Morelia in the year 1828 in the memory of José María Morelos. She was amongst the few who took active participation in the revolt of Mexico. The city is also the birth place for Agustín de Iturbide who was also a major person behind the huge revolt which gave independence to the country of Mexico.

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