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Coat of arms of Tuxpan
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Tuxpan is located in Mexico
Location of Tuxpan within Mexico
Coordinates: 20°57′N 97°24′W / 20.950°N 97.400°W / 20.950; -97.400
Country  Mexico
State Veracruz
 • Municipal President Alberto Silva Ramos
 • Total 1,061.9 km2 (410.0 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
 • Total 143 362
 • Density 135.01/km2 (349.7/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-7)
Website http://www.tuxpantodoporti.gob.mx/

Tuxpan (or Túxpam, fully Túxpam de Rodríguez Cano) is both a municipality and city located in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The population of the city was 78,523 and of the municipality was 134,394 inhabitants, according to the INEGI census of 2005, residing in a total area of 1,051.89 km² (406.14 sq mi). The municipality includes many smaller outlying communities, the largest of which are Alto Lucero and Santiago de la Peña.


Tuxpan or Túxpam, pronounced /ˈtuʃpan/ in Nahuatl, the language of the ancient Aztecs, literally means "Place of Rabbits", a compound of tochtli "rabbit" and -pan "place".

The city is located on the banks of the Tuxpan River, which reaches the Gulf of Mexico a few kilometers downstream (11 km). Being the nearest port to Mexico City, Tuxpan is an important commercial link for Mexican imports and exports. Tuxpan is now primarily a grain port, with emphasis on soybeans and maize. Off-shore links to oil pipelines are used to transfer petroleum products to and from tanker ships operated by Pemex, Mexico's state-owned oil company. As part of the Pemex operations and infrastructure in the city, a facility on the river manufactures and maintains oil rigs for use in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the 1870s, a small colony of some hundreds of former Confederate (Southern U.S.) officers, soldiers and diplomats was established.[1]


Port of Tuxpan[edit]

Sometimes referred to as the "Puerto de Tuxpan", the port is able to handle supertanker sized cargo ships. Due to increasing commercial shipping traffic in the city of Veracruz, Tuxpan is now the headquarters for the Mexican Navy's Gulf fleet. As such, it is the home port for several military vessels including 3 frigates named Allende, Abasolo and Victoria. These ships were originally Knox-class frigates built in the 1960s. They were purchased from the US Navy in the mid to late 1990s after their decommissioning.

Tuxpan was also the port of departure for the yacht Granma that was used to transport Fidel Castro, his brother Raúl, Che Guevara and other fighters of the Cuban Revolution from Mexico to Cuba in 1956 for the purpose of overthrowing the regime of Fulgencio Batista.

Twin towns[edit]

Cuba Niquero (Granma, Cuba)


  1. ^ Kinney, Emily (2011). "Leaving the United States for the "Land of Liberty": Postbellum Confederates in Mexico". University of Texas at Austin. Archived from the original (MA THESIS) on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

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Coordinates: 20°57′N 97°24′W / 20.950°N 97.400°W / 20.950; -97.400