San Gaspar de los Reyes
It is a historic town founded in 1590 and has played a focal part in the Cristero uprising during the tail end of the Mexican revolutionary war of the early part of the 20th century. San Gaspar de los Reyes is made up of a small community (population of less than 1000) that has strong ties to the United States due to its large number of immigrants originating from this town. The current local economy is primarily made up some local services and small markets selling local and organic goods; however, the greatest influx of capital comes from outside resources including US dollars sent from family members working abroad, as well as from local textile and service industry employees that commute to neighboring towns of Jalostotitlan, San Juan de los Lagos, and Teocaltiche. The economy booms during festival periods, primarily on January 6, celebration of the Epiphany, and May 24, celebration of its patron saint, Maria Auxiliadora.
Historic references of business include textiles and manufacturing as well as current farming and ranching. The famous Rio Verde runs along the edge of town. It is well known because it was recently considered to be dammed for energy services that would inundate San Gaspar and its neighboring communities. However, pressure from the local population with assistance from the San Gaspar community now residing in the United States pushed for the Mexican government to consider alternative construction sites -thus saving this community.
- San Gaspar de los Reyes (Spanish)
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