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Papantla (päpänˈtlä) [key], town (1990 pop. 46,075), Veracruz state, E central Mexico. It is the commercial center of an agricultural region producing vanilla. Orchards are also cultivated in the area. Papantla is known for its proximity to the ruins of El Tajín.

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