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Tampico History, Mexico

The foundation for the current city of Tampico was laid in mid 1823. Although the city of Tampico had been inhabited by many before, yet the official foundation for this city was laid in the year 1823. Huastec was one of the few settlements in the city of Tampico. It was the year 1532 when the famous priest from France namely Andrés de Olmos had established a mission in the area near Tampico. Later on in 1554 the signs of Spanish settlement popped up in the city of Tampico. In 1684 the complete city of Tampico was moved to a nearby region which was located around Pánuco River due to the attacks by various pirates.

The history behind the word Tampico is related to the people of Huastec. In Huastec local language tam - piko was the word which meant water dogs (or place of otters). Actually, during those years, huge numbers of otters were found in the city of Tampico and this became the reason why it was called as the city of Tampico.

The downtown area of Tampico is famous for its modern touch and the architecture which has been inspired from times when the city was under the control of President Porfirio Díaz. Many balconies of various monuments include New Orleans style. 

The presence of New Orlean style of architecture for this city is a proof that during historical years most parts of a newly made monument were constructed somewhere else and then shipped to its original location. The downtown area of Tampico also reflects history to its extreme and many monuments have recently been restored by the local government so as to attract more foreign customers towards the city and hence improve the tourism industry of the city.

The famous Cathedral of Tampico was built during the early years of the 19th century. Since then this historical monument has been restored many times but this hasn’t made the monument lose its historical touch which is the major reason why so many tourist regularly visit it

In 1921 the air transport actually started in the city of Tampico. Later on, in 1926 the very first bottling plant of Coca Cola was opened in this city.

 
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