Tempoal de Sánchez, Veracruz

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(Tempoal de Sánchez)
City & municipal seat
Tempoal is located in Mexico
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 21°31′0″N 98°23′0″W / 21.51667°N 98.38333°W / 21.51667; -98.38333Coordinates: 21°31′0″N 98°23′0″W / 21.51667°N 98.38333°W / 21.51667; -98.38333
Country  Mexico
State Veracruz
Municipality Tempoal
Settled pre-Conquest
Town status 27 May 1927
City status 29 November 1927
 • Municipal President Sandra Malerva PAN (Partido Accion National)2011-2014
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 12,237
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Demonym Tempoalense
Website www.tempoal.gob.mx

Tempoal (formally: Tempoal de Sánchez) is a city in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Located in the state's Huasteca Alta region, it serves as the municipal seat of the surrounding Tempoal Municipality.

In the 2005 INEGI Census, the city of Tempoal reported a total population of 12,237.[1]


Tempoal comes from the Wastek Tam-puhal, meaning "place of toads". "De Sánchez" honours Rafael Platón Sánchez (1831–1867), a native of the area who fought in the Battle of Puebla of 5 May 1862 and later chaired the court martial that sentenced Emperor Maximilian and his generals Miguel Miramón and Tomás Mejía to death by firing squad in Santiago de Querétaro on 19 June 1867.


Tempoal was founded in pre-Hispanic times. It was given town (villa) status on 27 May 1927 and city (ciudad) status on 29 November 1927.


  1. ^ "Tempoal". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved 6 November 2008. 

External links[edit]

  • Tempoal Web page of the Veracruz State Govt. Accessed 6 November 2008.