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Michoacán

(Encyclopedia) Michoacán mēchōäkän´ [key], state (1990 pop. 3,548,199), 23,202 sq mi (60,093 sq km), S Mexico. Morelia is the capital. Dominated by the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental a...

Pátzcuaro

(Encyclopedia) Pátzcuaro pät´skwärō [key], lake, c.100 sq mi (260 sq km) Michoacán state, W Mexico. Its indented shores, dotted with Tarascan villages, green islands, and the curious native sailboats h...

Uruapan

(Encyclopedia) Uruapan o͞orwä´pän [key], city (1990 pop. 187,623), Michoacán state, W Mexico. An attractive city with gardens and parks, it is in a semitropical, mountainous agricultural region. The cit...

Tarascan

(Encyclopedia) Tarascan tərä´skən [key], Native Americans of the state of Michoacán, Mexico. Their language has no known relation to other languages, and their history prior to the 16th cent. is poorly ...

Chapala

(Encyclopedia) Chapala chäpä´lä [key], lake, c.50 mi (80 km) long and 8 mi (12.8 km) wide, W Mexico, in Jalisco and Michoacán states. It is the largest lake in Mexico. Set in a depression on the central...

Parícutin

(Encyclopedia) Parícutin pärē´ko͞otēn [key], active volcano, c.8,200 ft (2,500 m) high, Michoacán state, W central Mexico. In one of the most spectacular eruptions of modern times, Parícutin burst fo...

Balsas, Río

(Encyclopedia) Balsas, Río rē´ō bäl´säs [key], river, c.450 mi (720 km) long, rising in the state of Puebla, E central Mexico. One of Mexico's longest rivers, it flows in a curve from south to northwe...

Morelia

(Encyclopedia) Morelia mōrā´lyä [key], city (1990 pop. 489,756), capital of Michoacán state, W Mexico. It is the commercial and processing center of an irrigated agricultural and cattle-raising area. Fo...

Colima

(Encyclopedia) Colima kōlē´mä [key], state (1990 pop. 428,510), 2,010 sq mi (5,206 sq km), SW Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. The capital is Colima ; the port is Manzanillo . The second smalles...

Guerrero

(Encyclopedia) Guerrero, state (1990 pop. 2,620,637), 24,887 sq mi (64,457 sq km), S Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. The capital is Chilpancingo . Dominated by the Sierra Madre del Sur, which reaches 12,1...