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mexican mining city

Chihuahua (pop. 530,500), capital of the Mexican state of the same name. Founded as a mining community in northern Mexico in 1707, the city is still a center of silver mining, and of ranching as well. Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a hero of the Mexican independence struggle, was executed in Chihuahua in 1811. The city was later headquarters for Pancho Villa during the Mexican revolution of 1910–15.

See also: Chihuahua.

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