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Coordinates: 28°48′N107°53′W / 28.800°N 107.883°W / 28.800; -107.883 Coordinates: 28°48′N107°53′W / 28.800°N 107.883°W / 28.800; -107.883
CountryFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
State Chihuahua
Municipality Bachíniva
Founded (mission)8 September 1660

Bachíniva is a town and county in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The town serves as the county seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name]]. It was founded by Franciscan missionaries on September 8, 1660 as Santa María de Nativitas Bachiniva. Bachiniva is a Raramuri native Indian word which means the place of the wild pumpkin flower. With the arrival of the Franciscan missionaries to the area, most natives left their settlement rejecting the evangelization process of the catholic church. Some of the natives however were converted to the new religion and the mission of Santa Maria de Nativitas Bachinva was founded with a church that still stands today. Later on, Spanish and Mexican immigrants from Spain and the south of Mexico settled in the area along the fertile lands of the Santa Maria river. The Spanish missionaries found the area ideal for the growing and production of apples and they planted the first apple trees in the late 1600s and ever since the people of this municipality have been growing great apple crop along with other fruits and agricultural products. The apple production though is the main economic activity of the Bachiniva municipality.

Chihuahua (state) State of Mexico

Chihuahua, officially the Free and Sovereign State of Chihuahua, is one of the 31 states of Mexico. It is located in Northwestern Mexico and is bordered by the states of Sonora to the west, Sinaloa to the southwest, Durango to the south, and Coahuila to the east. To the north and northeast, it has a long border with the U.S. adjacent to the U.S. states of New Mexico and Texas. Its capital city is Chihuahua City.

As of 2015, the town of Bachíniva had a population of 6,156. [1]

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  1. "Bachíniva". Catálogo de Localidades. Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL). Retrieved 23 April 2014.