Cañada Region

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Oaxaco regions - Cañada to the north
Oaxaco regions - Cañada to the north
Coordinates: 18°8′N 97°5′W / 18.133°N 97.083°W / 18.133; -97.083Coordinates: 18°8′N 97°5′W / 18.133°N 97.083°W / 18.133; -97.083
Country Mexico
State Oaxaca
 • Total 4,273 km2 (1,650 sq mi)

Cañada is a region in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico covering 4,300 square km. It includes two districts, Teotitlán and Cuicatlán.[1] The main administrative center is Teotitlan de Flores Magon, but Huautla de Jimenez is considered the most important cultural center in the region.

The region is named after the Cañada de Cuicatlán, a hot low canyon that links the Valley of Oaxaca to the south with the Valley of Tehuacán in Puebla state to the north. The Cañada was the major Precolumbian route between the two valleys. It was conquered and controlled by the early Zapotec state based on Monte Albán at some time around 300 BC.[2]

The region is fertile with a warm and mild climate, and produces crops of mango, melon and avocado. It consists of flat lands watered by the Salado and Tomellín rivers.[3]


  1. ^ "Región Cañada". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Beckmann; Charles S. Spencer; Elsa M. Redmond. "Archaeology of the Cañada de Cuicatlán, Mexico". American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Oaxaca regions". Go-Oaxaca. Retrieved 2014-12-09.