Aguascalientes Facts

Aguascalientes Facts
Aguascalientes is one of Mexico's newest states, having been created and admitted to the United Mexican States as the twenty-fourth state on February 5, 1857. It was once part of the state of Zacatecas. It is one of the smallest states in terms of size, at 2,169 square miles it ranks twenty-seventh among all Mexican states. Aguascalientes is located in north-central Mexico, about 300 miles north of Mexico City in an arid desert region with plenty of mountains. Although Aguascalientes is located on Mexico's central plateau, the Sierra Madre Occidental chain cuts into the state, along with the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Some of the mountain peaks get up to 10,000 feet and between them are deep valleys that have rivers, forests, and plenty of fauna.
Interesting Aguascalientes Facts:
Aguascalientes is twenty-ninth in total population among all states with 1,300,000 people, but it is fourth in density with 610 people per square mile.
Like many areas of Mexico, there were Pre-Columbian groups that inhabited Aguascalientes, but they did not leave much in terms of significant monuments or structures.
Aguascalientes is known in Mexico for its wineries.
The name "Aguascalientes" is translated into English as "hot waters."
Aguascalientes was first organized as a federal territory in 1835 when political leaders in Zacatecas tried to rebel against the central government. General Santa Anna put the rebellion down and then separated part of the state as punishment against the rebels.
Aguascalientes City is the capital and largest city in the state. With a metro population of more than one million people, Aguascalientes City is one of the most densely populated cities in Mexico, which also means that most inhabitants of Aguascalientes live in the capital's metro area.
The service sector comprises the largest part of Aguascalientes' economy, but manufacturing also plays a major role. In particular, large amounts of textiles are produced in Aguascalientes that are exported around the world, much of it to the United States.
Aguascalientes City has attracted many multinational banks and corporations in recent years.
The infrastructure of Aguascalientes is better than in many Mexican states. The capital city has an international airport with daily flights to most major Mexican cities and to Los Angeles, Dallas, and Houston.
The average annual temperature of Aguascalientes is about 63°F with only about twenty inches of rain on average annually. The rainiest months are in the summer.
Every year, usually in late April, Aguascalientes City is the site of the Feria Nacional de San Marcos, or San Marcos Fair. It is a bit like state fairs in the United States, with amusement park rides and fair foods, but with a Mexican twist. The fair is a celebration the Feast Day of San Marcos, and in addition to rides one would find in the United States, there are also bull fights.
The city of Calvillo is considered to be the second most important city in Aguascalientes. Although Calvillo has less than 20,000 people, it is the seat of the municipality of Calvillo in the western part of the state.

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