Copala, Sinaloa

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San José de Copala

Copala, formerly known as San José de Copala, is a four-century-old silver-mining town in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The town is in the municipality of Concordia.

Sinaloa State of Mexico

Sinaloa, officially the Free and Sovereign State of Sinaloa, is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, compose the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided into 18 municipalities and its capital city is Culiacán Rosales.

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The area was occupied and ruled by the indigenous peoples until 1564, when Francisco de Ibarra crossed the Sierra Madre Occidental from Durango and conquered the area for Spain. In 1565 prospectors discovered silver veins and the town of Copala was founded to serve the mines. [1] The town was named after a mythical city of gold for which de Ibarra had unsuccessfully searched in northern Mexico.

Indigenous peoples of the Americas Pre-Columbian inhabitants of North, Central, and South America and their descendants

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Francisco de Ibarra Spanish explorer

Francisco de Ibarra was a Basque explorer, founder of the city of Durango, and governor of the Spanish province of Nueva Vizcaya, in present-day Durango and Chihuahua.

Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range

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The town of Copala was destroyed in 1616 by an uprising of Tepehuan Indians, but was rebuilt after the rebellion was quelled the following year. [2]


The economy of Copala is based on tourism, mining, and agriculture.


Copala is located at 23°23′41″N105°55′57″W / 23.39472°N 105.93250°W / 23.39472; -105.93250 , at an altitude of 610 m. The town is along Federal Highway 40, approximately 50 km east of Mazatlán.

Federal Highway 40, also called the Carretera Interoceánica, is a road beginning at Reynosa, Tamaulipas, just west of the Port of Brownsville, Texas, and ending at Fed. 15 in Villa Unión, Sinaloa, near Mazatlán and the Pacific coast. It is called Interoceanic as, once finished, the cities of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the Gulf of Mexico and Mazatlán on the Pacific Ocean will be linked.

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  1. Benito Ramírez Meza (1993) Economía y Sociedad en Sinaloa, 1591-1900, Culiacán: Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, p.24.
  2. Luis Navarro Garcia (1967) Sonora y Sinaloa en el Siglo XVII, Seville: Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos, p.14-17.