Nayarit

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Sayulita off Nayarit's pacific coast, a former fishing village now mostly given over to tourism, part of the area now marketed as "La Riviera Nayarita" or ""Nuevo Vallarta
Nayarit
State
Estado Libre y Soberano de Nayarit
Flag of Nayarit
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Official seal of Nayarit
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State of Nayarit within Mexico.
State of Nayarit within Mexico.
Coordinates: 21°45′N 105°14′W / 21.750°N 105.233°W / 21.750; -105.233Coordinates: 21°45′N 105°14′W / 21.750°N 105.233°W / 21.750; -105.233
Country Mexico
Capital Tepic
Largest City Tepic
Municipalities 20
Admission January 26, 1917[1]
Order 28th
Government
 • Governor PRI Roberto Sandoval
 • Senators[2] PRI Raúl Mejía González
PRI Magaly Ramírez
PRD Francisco J. Castellón
 • Deputies[3]
Area[4]
 • Total 27,857 km2 (10,756 sq mi)
  Ranked 23rd
Highest elevation[5] 2,760 m (9,060 ft)
Population (2012)[6]
 • Total 1,118,468
 • Rank 29th
 • Density 40/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Density rank 23rd
Demonym Nayarita
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code 63
Area code
ISO 3166 code MX-NAY
HDI Increase 0.7425 (high)
Ranked 16th
GDP US$ 4,281.52 mil[a]
Website Official website
^ a. The state's GDP was 53,167,305 thousand pesos in 2008,[7] an amount corresponding to USD 4,281,523.828 thousand (a dollar worth 12.80 pesos as of June 3, 2010).[8]

Nayarit (Spanish pronunciation: [naʝaˈɾit]), officially Free and Sovereign State of Nayarit (Spanish: Estado Libre y Soberano de Nayarit), is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, make up the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided in 20 municipalities and its capital city is Tepic.

It is located in Western Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Sinaloa to the northwest, Durango to the north, Zacatecas to the northeast and Jalisco to the south. To the west, Nayarit has a significant share of coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Besides the mainland, the islands Marias, Isabel, Tres Marietas and Farallón La Peña in the Pacific Ocean are part of its territory.

History[edit]

Map of Nayarit before the Spanish Conquest of the Aztec Empire.

Radiocarbon dating estimate that Aztatlán colonization of the western Mexican coast (including parts of Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco) as occuring as early as 900 AD, with some evidence suggesting it might have been as early as 520 AD. The cultures encountered on the Western coast by the Spanish invaders in 1500, were descended from these original Aztatlán settlements and other Classic stage cultures who had merged with them.[9][10]

Francisco Cortés was the first known European to enter into the area now known as Nayarit, and he claimed the area for Spain as part of the colony of Nueva Galicia. As the Spaniards invaded the area, led by Nuño de Guzman, their brutality caused the indigenous inhabitants to revolt, in what was later referred to as the Mixtón War.[11][12]

During the second half of the 19th century, Nayarit was one of the most turbulent territories in Mexico. The population was in open revolt, demanding access to land.[13] Nayarit was one of the last territories admitted as a state of the Mexican federation, which occured on May 1, 1917.[14]

Geography[edit]

Nayarit covers 27,815 square kilometers (10,739 sq mi), making it one of the smaller states in Mexico.[15] Nayarit is located between latitude lines 23°05' north and 20°36' south and longitude lines 103°43' east and 105°46' west.[16] Its terrain is broken up by the western ends of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. Its highest mountains are: San Juan, Sanguangüey, El Ceboruco, Cumbre de Pajaritos and Picachos.[17] Nayarit has two volcanoes, Ceboruco and Sangangüey. In the northeast are broad, tropical plains watered by the Río Grande de Santiago, a continuation of the Lerma River. The main state rivers are the Río Grande de Santiago, San Pedro, Acaponeta, Ameca and Las Cañas. The Río Grande de Santiago is the largest river in Nayarit. The Santiago and its tributaries are of major importance for agricultural irrigation. The Ameca and the Las Cañas lie on the border between Nayarit and the states of Jalisco and Sinaloa, respectively. Notable lagoons in Nayarit include Santa María del Oro, San Pedro Lagunillas and Agua Brava.[18][19]

Municipalities[edit]

Nayarit, as all states of Mexico, is geographically divided into municipalities (municipios), creating twenty Municipalities of Nayarit:

  • Acaponeta
  • Ahuacatlán
  • Amatlán de Cañas
  • Bahía de Banderas
  • Compostela
  • El Nayar
  • Huajicori
  • Ixtlán del Río
  • Jala
  • La Yesca
  • Rosamorada
  • Ruiz
  • San Blas
  • San Pedro Lagunillas
  • Santa María del Oro
  • Santiago Ixcuintla
  • Tecuala
  • Tepic
  • Tuxpan
  • Xalisco

Environment[edit]

Nayarit contains hundreds of miles of rain forest in the sierra. Its wildlife includes hundreds of bird species including the Lilac-crowned amazon (Amazona finschi) and Mexican woodnymph (Thalurania ridgwayi). There are also registered 119 species of mammals including White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), collared peccary (Pecari tajacu), caymans, armadillos and wild felines such as Jaguarundi (Puma yagouarundi) and Ocelot (Felis pardalis) and many more .[20] Unfortunately most of the rain forest has been exploited, especially around the region of Santa Maria Del Oro. The conservation and protection of the rain forest and wildlife of Nayarit is an issue of crucial importance.[21]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Flora and fauna of Nayarit
Zenaida macroura2.jpg Jaguarundi.jpg Micrurus tener.jpg Bark Scorpion.jpg Aquila chrysaetos Flickr.jpg
Puma yagouaroundi Micrurus Centruroides suffusus Aquila chrysaetos
Amazona finschi -Xcaret Eco Park -Mexico-8a.jpg Cobra cascavel 280707- 23 04 40s - 49 06 55w REFON (4)a.jpg Odocoileus hemionus 20.JPG Canis latrans.jpg PeregrineFalcon.jpg]
Amazona finschi Crotalus durissus Odocoileus hemionus Canis latrans Falco peregrinus
Agave tequilana 1.jpg Figa de moro 01.JPG Singapore Botanic Gardens Cactus Garden 2.jpg Cane cholla, with flower, Albuquerque.JPG Pinus ponderosa 9681.JPG
Agave tequilana Opuntia ficus-indica Echinocactus grusonii Cylindropuntia imbricata Pinus ponderosa
Archaeological zone of Los Toriles.

Education[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1895[22] 149,807 —    
1900 150,098 +0.2%
1910 171,173 +14.0%
1921 163,183 −4.7%
1930 167,724 +2.8%
1940 216,698 +29.2%
1950 290,124 +33.9%
1960 389,929 +34.4%
1970 544,031 +39.5%
1980 726,120 +33.5%
1990 824,643 +13.6%
1995 896,702 +8.7%
2000 920,185 +2.6%
2005 949,684 +3.2%
2010[23] 1,084,979 +14.2%

Nayarit is Mexico's twenty-ninth most populous state. According to the census of 2010, the state had a population of 1,084,979 and its population density was 39/km2.

Indigenous groups[edit]

Nayarit is the home to four indigenous groups: the Wixaritari] (Huichol), the Naayeri, the Odam and the Nahuatl speaking Mexicaneros. The indigenous groups mostly inhabit the Nayar highlands, but are also frequently encountered in Tepic and on the pacific coast where they have also established colonies. They are known for their crafts and artwork which they sell. About 5% of the population of the state speak an indigenous language.[24]

Religion[edit]

Typical of Mexico, Nayarit's inhabitants are Catholic in majority.[25]

Religion Percent Population of Tepic - 295,2040
Catholic 91.8% 238,579
Protestant Evangelical 3% 24,313
Biblical Non-Evangelical 1.3% 10, 535
Not Religious 2.9% 23, 607

Economy[edit]

The state capital of Tepic seen from the Cerro de la Cruz

Nayarit is predominantly an agricultural state, and produces a large variety of crops such as beans, sorghum, sugar cane, corn, tobacco, rice, chiles, peanuts, melons, tomatoes, coffee, mangoes, bananas, and avocados. In addition to these crops, livestock and fishing are also central to the local economy. Approximately 6 percent of the land in Nayarit is pasturelands, with the most common livestock being cattle, horse, pigs, goats, and sheep. Nayarit has 289 kilometers of coastline, which provides an abundance of fish and shellfish including bass, snapper, sharks, and oysters. There are over 75 cooperatives related to the fishing industry alone in Nayarit. Much of the food produced in Nayarit is exported to the larger urban areas surrounding Mexico City and Guadalajara, and much of the agricultural labor is performed by migrant laborers. There is some mining in Nayarit, but it is mostly of non-metallic substances such as limestone or kaolin.[26]

In recent years, Nayarit has worked to build its tourism sector, marketing the "Riviera Nayarita" as a safe, beautiful destination served by Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Popular resort towns include San Blas, Santiago Ixcuintla, Tecuala, and Compostela. However, some residents in these and other towns are concerned that the growth in the tourism industry might have harmful impacts on the community.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diciembre en la Historia de Nayarit" (in Spanish). 
  2. ^ "Senadores por Nayarit LXI Legislatura". Senado de la Republica. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Listado de Diputados por Grupo Parlamentario del Estado de Nayarit". Camara de Diputados. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Resumen". Cuentame INEGI. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Relieve". Cuentame INEGI. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "ENOE". Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jalisco". 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Reporte: Jueves 3 de Junio del 2010. Cierre del peso mexicano.". www.pesomexicano.com.mx. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ Mountjoy, Joseph B. (2013). "Aztatlan Complex". In Evans, Susan T. & Webster, David L. Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia. Routledge. p. 59. ISBN 9781136801853. 
  10. ^ For a map showing important archaeological sites in Nayarit, refer to: Gorenstein, Shirley (2000). "Western and Northwestern Mexico". In Trigger, Bruce G. et al. The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas. Cambridge University Press. p. 320. ISBN 9780521351652. 
  11. ^ Pasztor, Suzanne B. (2004). "Nayarit (state)". In Coerver, Don M. et al. Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History. ABC-CLIO. p. 323. ISBN 9781576071328. 
  12. ^ Patch, Robert W. (2010). "Indian Resistance to Colonialism". In Beezley, William & Meyer, Michael. The Oxford History of Mexico. Oxford University Press. p. 180-184. ISBN 9780199779932. 
  13. ^ Morales, Leopoldo R. (2001). El Nayarit de los años del general Romano: la historia documental de un gobernante. Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit. p. 5. 
  14. ^ "Nayarit y Su History ("Nayarit and it's History")". H. Congreso del Estado de Nayarit. 
  15. ^ Gov Mx
  16. ^ Map Gov Mx
  17. ^ "Nayarit" in The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. 2012, Columbia University Press
  18. ^ Pasztor, Suzanne B. (2012). "Nayarit". In Saragoza, Alex et al. Mexico Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 459. ISBN 9780313349485. 
  19. ^ Fernández, Marina Anguiano (1992). Nayarit: costa y altiplanicie en el momento del contacto (in Spanish). Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). p. 27. ISBN 9789683616067. 
  20. ^ Pulido Pérez, R. (1995). Diagnostico de la fauna silvestre en el estado de Nayarit/.[1]
  21. ^ Kealy, Kelly & Duecy, Erica, ed. (2011). Fodor's Puerto Vallarta with the Riviera Nayarit, Costalegre, and Inland Jalisco. Random House. p. 33. ISBN 9781400004829. 
  22. ^ "Mexico: extended population list". GeoHive. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  23. ^ "México en cifras". INEGI. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  24. ^ http://www.inegi.org.mx/prod_serv/contenidos/espanol/bvinegi/productos/censos/poblacion/poblacion_indigena/leng_indi/PHLI.pdf
  25. ^ Gov Mx
  26. ^ a b Standish, Peter (2009). "Nayarit". The States of Mexico: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. Greenwood Publishing. pp. 251–252. ISBN 9780313342233. 

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