Mazatlan (`land of the deer`) was originally settled by the Spaniards in 1531, and was a major port and village on the Pacific coast. Before the Spanish, it was settled by the native Indians, called the Totorames. They were hunters and fisherman, and adept at making clay vases and figures. The Spanish put an end to all of that.
A Spaniard named Nuño de Guzmán, driven by an intense jealousy of Cortés, slaughtered the innocent natives of Mazatlan, for the greater glory of Spain. Next the conquistador Francisco de Ibarra discovered gold and silver in the hills above Mazatlan. The city was incorporated in 1806, and a few years later, in the 1830s, the municipal government was established and Mazatlan...Read More