Los Altos (Jalisco)

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Altos de Jalisco

Los Altos (Spanish for "The Highlands") is a geographic region in the eastern part of the Mexican state of Jalisco. It is part of the macroregion of Bajío,[1]

Los Altos is one of the two main tequila producing regions in the state of Jalisco, the other being the municipality of Tequila, Jalisco. The main tequila producing center in the region is Arandas.[2]

The Los Altos region is known as the most European influenced region in all of Mexico. It is estimated that the majority of the population here is of 80 to 90% European descent. Early Spanish groups settled and dominated the area against the indigenous people from Jalisco.

After the French intervention in Mexico within the early 1860s, the French forces were expelled from México under the order of General Eulogio Parra in 1866. However, some French communities stayed in the obscured areas of Los Altos, Jalisco.[3][4][5][6][7]

Since 1996, Los Altos has been organized administratively by the state of Jalisco into two regions, Altos Norte (North Altos) and Altos Sur (South Altos).[citation needed]

Altos Norte has eight municipalities: Villa Hidalgo, Unión de San Antonio, Teocaltiche, San Juan de los Lagos, San Diego de Alejandría, Ojuelos de Jalisco, Lagos de Moreno and Encarnación de Díaz.

Altos Sur consists of twelve municipalities: Yahualica de González Gallo, Valle de Guadalupe, Tepatitlán de Morelos, San Miguel el Alto, San Julián, San Ignacio Cerro Gordo, Mexticacán, [[Jesús María, Jalisco|Jesus Maria, Jalostotitlán, Cañadas de Obregón, Arandas, Atotonilco el Alto, and Acatic.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bajío, el nuevo milagro mexicano - T21". T21. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Gobierno Municipal de Arandas Official website
  3. ^ "The History of Jalisco". houstonculture. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Presencia judía en Los Altos de Jalisco". Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Las Mujeres más Bellas del Mundo Están en Los Altos de Jalisco". Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Los Altos, región mestiza". Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Francisco Primitivo Martín". Retrieved 28 January 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Jim Tuck, "The Holy War in Los Altos: Regional Analysis of Mexico's Cristero Rebellion." Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona Press, 1982, ISBN 0-8165-0779-1