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Cosalá (Mexico)
Coordinates: 24°24′45″N106°41′30″W / 24.41250°N 106.69167°W / 24.41250; -106.69167 Coordinates: 24°24′45″N106°41′30″W / 24.41250°N 106.69167°W / 24.41250; -106.69167
Country Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
State Sinaloa
Municipality Cosalá
   Municipal president Mario Padilla (PRI)
380 m (1,250 ft)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain Standard Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC-6 (Mountain Daylight Time)
Website Cosalá Government page

Cosalá (Spanish pronunciation:  [kosa'la]( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a small city and the seat of its surrounding municipality in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. It stands at 24°24′45″N106°41′30″W / 24.41250°N 106.69167°W / 24.41250; -106.69167 . The city reported 6,577 inhabitants in the 2010 census. [1]

Cosalá Municipality Municipality in Sinaloa, Mexico

Municipality of Cosalá is a municipality in Sinaloa in northwestern Mexico.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometres (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 120 million people, the country is the tenth most populous state and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states and Mexico City, a special federal entity that is also the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the state include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana and León.

Sinaloa State of Mexico

Sinaloa, officially the Estado Libre y Soberano de 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.



Cosalá is located 155 km. from state capital Culiacán. The Royal of the Eleven Thousand Virgins, shortened its name to the Royal Mines of Cosalá is the municipal seat.

Culiacán Place in Sinaloa, Mexico

Culiacán is a city in northwestern Mexico. It is the largest city in and the capital of the state of Sinaloa. It is also the seat of Culiacán Municipality. It had an urban population of 785,800 in 2015 while 905,660 lived in the entire municipality. While the municipality has a total area of 4,758 km2 (1,837 sq mi), the city itself is considerably smaller, measuring only 65 km2 (25 sq mi).

Francisco Iriarte y Conde, governor of Occidente State declared Cosalá the capital of the western state in 1826. This was due to the growing threat of attack on the former capital El Fuerte, Sinaloa by the forces of Juan Banderas, leader of the Yaqui at that point in the Yaqui Wars. [2]

Francisco Iriarte y Conde (1790–1832) was the governor of Occidente State and later of Sinaloa during the 1820s and early 1830s.

El Fuerte, Sinaloa Place in Sinaloa, Mexico

El Fuerte is a city and El Fuerte Municipality its surrounding municipality in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa. The city population reported in the 2010 census were 12,566 people.

Juan Banderas was the leader of the Yaqui during part of the Yaqui Wars, specifically from 1825 until 1833.

Iriarte introduced printing in Sonora and Sinaloa and it was in Cosalá that the first newspaper of Sinaloa, "The Impartial Spectator" was published.

In its surroundings are attractions such as the Vado Hondo waterfall and town reservoirs "Comedero" and "El Salto" a few miles from town.[ citation needed ] Both these lakes are stocked with largemouth bass. The Museum of Mineralogy mainly displays photographs and documents on the history of mining in Sinaloa.

Cosalá was the dominant region in the social and political life of the State of Sinaloa until it became its capital in the early independent Mexico.


Cosalá is classified as having a Köppen Tropical Wet and Dry (Aw) Climate, despite being situated about 1 degree above the Tropic of Cancer. Most municipalities to the north of Cosalá, such as Culiacán, have semi-arid to arid climates, as one moves towards the Sonoran-Sinaloan Transitional Subtropical Forests, and into the Sonoran Desert.

Tropical savanna climate

Tropical savanna climate or tropical wet and dry climate is a type of climate that corresponds to the Köppen climate classification categories "Aw" and "As". Tropical savanna climates have monthly mean temperatures above 18 °C (64 °F) in every month of the year and typically a pronounced dry season, with the driest month having less than 60 mm of precipitation and also less than 100 – [total annual precipitation {mm}/25] of precipitation.

The Sonoran-Sinaloan transition subtropical dry forest is a tropical dry broadleaf forest ecoregion in northwestern Mexico.

Cosalá experiences much greater diurnal temperature variations than most Tropical Wet and Dry climates, especially during the winter months, where temperatures regularly drop as low as 10C in January and February (compare this to Mazatlán, located about 1 degree south, inside the Tropic of Cancer, where nighttime temperatures in January and February are about 15C on average). Daytime temperatures also tend to be hotter than most locations further south (highs approaching 37C in May/Jun, compared to 30C-33C for Mazatlán), and as such, Cosala's climate behaves more similarly to a semi-arid climate, in this regard, than a truly tropical climate. The record low temperature of 1C, is also substantially colder than Mazatlan's 7.5C.

Mazatlán Place in Sinaloa, Mexico

Mazatlán is a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The city serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding municipio, known as the Mazatlán Municipality. It is located at 23°13′N106°25′W on the Pacific coast, across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

Climate data for Cosalá (1951–2010)
Record high °C (°F)44.0
Average high °C (°F)28.1
Daily mean °C (°F)19.3
Average low °C (°F)10.4
Record low °C (°F)3.0
Average precipitation mm (inches)24.6
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)
Source: Servicio Meteorológico Nacional [3] [4]


Cosalá, Sinaloa, was named a "Pueblo Mágico" in 2005 for its natural environment, cultural riches, and historical relevance.[ citation needed ]

  1. 1 2 "Principales resultados por localidad 2010 (ITER)". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía. 2010.
  2. Edward H. Spicer, Cycles of Conquest (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1962) p. 60
  3. "Estado de Sinaloa-Estación: Cosalá". Normales Climatológicas 1951–2010 (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  4. "Extreme Temperatures and Precipitation for Cosalá 1908–1988" (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Retrieved 20 April 2015.

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