Jaral del Progreso
Jaral del Progreso is a Mexican city and municipality located in the Bajío (lowlands) of the state of Guanajuato. With an area of 174.37 square kilometres, Jaral del Progreso accounts for 0.57% of the surface of the state. It is bordered to the north by Salamanca, to the northeast by Cortazar to the southeast by Salvatierra, to the south by Yuriria, and to the west by Valle de Santiago. The municipality had a total of 14,906 inhabitants according to the 2005 census. The municipal president of Jaral del Progreso and its many smaller outlying communities is Alfonso Borja Pimentel. Like most of the neighboring municipalities, Jaral del Progreso economy is based mostly on agriculture and ranching.
Jaral del Progreso was created as a congregation named "Jaral de la Cruz". Later on the name was changed to "Jaral del Valle". The main reason was that it belong to a place called Camembaro now known as Valle de Santiago. These lands were consignated to the Indian Diego Turicantí in 1590 by the viceroy Luis de Velasco. On June 9, 1831 the limits of the land were marked by Don Anzelmo Ramirez, but until September 1863 this land was considered a municipality of the state of Guanajuato. The governor was the General Manuel Doblado. The name Jaral del Valle stays until 1910 when it was considered a town, so they changed the name to Jaral del Progreso. By the year of 1912 the State declared Jaral del Progreso a free town.There were also an expansion of their limits up to Zempoala.
Culture and Tourism
In Jaral del Progreso you can find monuments through all the town. Most of them are busts located in the municipal seat. One of them is of Benito Juarez a Mexican president. His bust is located in the municipal garden. Other busts are of historic heroes like Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, father of the country. Also you can find the monument that represents the Mexican War of Independence. On especial dates the people in the Jaral del Progreso celebrate with festivities, festivals and other events. The must important are: May 3, day of the holy cross, May 15, religious party in honor of Saint Isidro which help the peasants and September 10, day of the saint of the town, Saint Nicolas. Gastronomy includes desserts such as a roll made with fruit such as guayaba and pirulis and baked fruit. Also you can found obleas de queso.
In Jaral del Progreso there are many different anctivities that contribute to the town economy.The principal economical activity is agriculture. The principal crop production is wheat. Other activity is the livestock and nurture of goats.Other economic activity that its important is the manufacture of clothes and fabrics.Commerce and transportation of products are also main activities in the town. Another activity which Jarl del Progreso is Known by is the production of traditional desserts and artisanry. Some of the artisanry you can found in Jaral del Progreso are hats,bags and baskets made of reeds and decorative figures.
- Jaral del Progreso official site
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