Chiconcuac de Juárez
|Chiconcuac (de Juárez)|
|Town & Municipality|
|State||State of Mexico|
|• Municipal President||Luciano Castillo Rodríguez (2006-2009)|
|Elevation (of seat)||2,250 m (7,380 ft)|
|Population (2005) Municipality|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|Postal code (of seat)||56270|
Chiconcuac de Juárez, typically referred to simply as Chiconcuac, is a town and municipio (municipality) in the state of Mexico, approximately 10 kilometers north of Texcoco de Mora. The name Chiconcuac derives from the Aztec word Chicome Coatl, “Seven snakes”, which was a date on the Aztec calendar.
Chiconcuac is principally famous for its large tianguis, or public market, which has 2,400 permanent vendors, and attracts up to 6,000 more semi-permanent and itinerant vendors on weekends. The large food court in the Chiconcuac market is widely famous for preparing barbacoa de borrego (lamb barbecue), and other specialties of Mexican cuisine.
The area was conquered by the Spanish in 1597, with land here granted to Hernando Núñez where he established the Hacienda de Santa Cruz de Prado Alegre, better known as the “Arojo”. The area was then evangelized by the Franciscans. Because of its proximity to Mexico City, the city suffered battles during the Mexican War of Independence, the French intervention in Mexico and the War of "La Reforma".
As municipal seat, Chiconcuac de Juárez has jurisdiction over only one other community, which is called Ejido San Cristóbal.
- "Enciclopedia de Municipios de Mexico Estado de Mexico Chiconcuac". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
- "Pueblos America Mexico México Chiconcuac". Retrieved 2008-03-07.