San Fernando, Tamaulipas

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San Fernando Municipality
Municipio de San Fernando
Municipality
Founded March 19, 1749
Government
 • Presidente Municipal Tomás Gloria Requena
Area
 • Total 6,091.36 km2 (2,351.89 sq mi)
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2010 census)
 • Total 57,220
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CST (UTC-5)
Codigo Postal 87600
Area code(s) 841
Website http://www.sanfernando.gob.mx/
San Fernando is located in Mexico
San Fernando
San Fernando
San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

San Fernando is a municipality and city located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. It is about 85 miles (137 km) away from Brownsville, Texas.[1]

Cherokee syllabary founder Sequoyah fell ill and died here in August of 1843 while searching for a band of tribal members who migrated to Mexico prior to the American Revolution. [2] His resting place is in Zaragoza, but its exact location is unknown.

Massacres[edit]

San Fernando, Tamaulipas is notorious for experiencing two of the largest recorded massacres of the Mexican Drug War. The first massacre, known as the 2010 San Fernando massacre, occurred following a gunfight in the state of Tamaulipas between drug cartel gunmen and Mexican authorities, in which three gunmen and a marine were killed.[3] After the authorities patrolled the nearby area, they found a horrifying surprise—72 bodies were found in a remote ranch in the state of Tamaulipas.[4] It was "the biggest single discovery of its kind" in the ongoing drug war.[3] The 58 men and 14 women were believed to be undocumented migrants from South and Central America trying to cross the border to the United States.[5] A surviving migrant claims that the migrants were kidnapped by the Los Zetas cartel and killed for refusing to do work for them.[6] Twenty one rifles, 101 ammunition clips, four bullet-proof vests, camouflage uniforms and four vehicles were seized by officials.[7] The bodies were found in a room, some of which were piled up on top of each other.[5]

The second massacre, the 2011 San Fernando massacre, was after Mexican authorities exhumed more than 40 mass graves, leaving the final body count to 193 corpses.[8]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schiller, Dane. "Zeta captives have to fight or die." Houston Chronicle at the San Antonio Express-News. Updated Wednesday June 15, 2011. Retrieved on January 4, 2012.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b Robin Emmott; Patrick Rucker; Miguel Angel Gutierrez (25 August 2010). "Drug hitmen dump 72 bodies at Mexican ranch". Reuters. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "72 bodies found on ranch in Mexico". RTÉ News. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Murdered bodies found in Mexico 'were migrants'". BBC News. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  6. ^ William Booth (25 August 2010). "Survivor: Drug gang massacred 72 migrants in northern Mexico". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "72 bodies found in Mexico ranch". Hindustan Times. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hallan 7 nuevas narcofosas en San Fernando Tamaulipas suman 193 cadáveres". Milenio TV. Jun 7, 2011. 

Coordinates: 24°50′N 98°09′W / 24.833°N 98.150°W / 24.833; -98.150