18 Facts About Toluca


When Toluca was founded by the Matlatzincas, its original name was Nepintahihui.

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Valley of Toluca was known as Matlatzinco Valley in ancient times and home to at least four linguistic groups: the Matlatzinca, Otomi, Mazahua, and Nahua peoples.

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Calixtlahuaca and other towns in the Toluca Valley paid tribute to the Aztec Empire through Tollocan.

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Toluca is remembered to this day with a plaza that bears his name which includes a sculpture depicting him.

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Toluca's climate is the coolest of any large Mexican city due to its altitude.

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In colonial times, Toluca first gained economic importance as a producer of smoked and cured meats, especially chorizo sausage.

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However, since that time, Toluca's economy has expanded far beyond sausage to become one of the most industrialized areas in Mexico.

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Toluca began consolidating in the 1940s, but the most intense industrialization began in the 1950s and continued through most of the 1980s.

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The growth and industrialization of Toluca is closely tied to the growth and changes in economic activities that have occurred in the Mexico City metropolitan area.

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Toluca has become an important economic city because of its industries and infrastructure that produce drinks, food, textiles, cars, electric products and such.

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Toluca has an infrastructure of highways that connect the city with the main cities of the country as well as its international Airport, and inter-city bus Station.

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Toluca is served by Licenciado Adolfo Lopez Mateos International Airport.

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Since Toluca is the capital of the State of Mexico, there are several diverse and important educational centers such as the state-funded public university, the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico.

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Cathedral of Toluca was begun in 1867 by Jose Francisco de Paula on land originally belonging to the Asuncion de Toluca Franciscan monastery.

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Cosmovitral is located in a stone and ironwork building in the center of Toluca, designed in 1910 by engineer Manuel Arratia in order to accommodate the "16 de Septiembre" market.

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Toluca has a lot of green areas and among them is the sierra moerlos park, this park is one of the largest in the city that covers 302 hectares is located on the slopes of Cerro de La Teresona and houses an important population of forests of pine, eucalyptus and oak.

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Toluca, being the capital of the State of Mexico, is home of several important museums.

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Toluca is home to a series of traditional festivities such as the typical solemn "silent procession" that takes place every Holy Friday when the Catholic congregation from Toluca and its surroundings get together in the centre of the city to express their respect and devotion for Jesus Christ's sacrifice.

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