The Info List - Sinaloa

(Spanish pronunciation: [sinaˈlo.a] ( listen)), officially the Free and Sovereign State of Sinaloa
(Spanish: 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. It is located in Northwestern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Sonora
to the north, Chihuahua and Durango
to the east (separated from them by the Sierra Madre Occidental) and Nayarit
to the south. To the west, Sinaloa
borders Baja California Sur
Baja California Sur
across the Gulf of California. The state covers an area of 58,200 square kilometers (22,500 sq mi), and includes the Islands of Palmito Verde, Palmito de la Virgen, Altamura, Santa María, Saliaca, Macapule and San Ignacio. It is known to be a stronghold territory for the Sinaloa Cartel. In addition to the capital city, the state's important cities include Mazatlán
and Los Mochis.


1 History 2 Geography and environment 3 Culture 4 Demography 5 Education 6 Municipalities 7 Economy 8 Government and politics 9 Notable and infamous natives or residents 10 Gallery 11 See also 12 Notes 13 References 14 External links

History[edit] Prior to the coming of the Spaniards, much of Sinaloa
was inhabited by the Cáhita
peoples. In 1531, Nuño Beltrán de Guzmán
Nuño Beltrán de Guzmán
with a force of over 10,000 men, defeated a force of 30,000 Cáhita
warriors at the site of Culiacán. Beltrán de Guzmán established a Spanish and allied Indian outpost at San Miguel de Culiacán. Over the next decade, the Cahíta suffered severe depopulation from smallpox and other diseases the Spanish brought. The Spanish organized Sinaloa
as part of the gobierno of Nueva Galicia. In 1564, the area was realigned: the area of Culiacán
and Cosalá
remained in control of Nueva Galicia, while the areas to the north, south and west were made part of the newly formed Nueva Vizcaya province, making the Culiacán
area an exclave of Nueva Galicia. The first capital of Nueva Vizcaya was located in San Sebastián, near Copala, but the capital moved to Durango
in 1583.[9] Starting in 1599, Jesuit missionaries spread out from a base at what is now Sinaloa de Leyva
Sinaloa de Leyva
and by 1610, the Spanish influence had been extended to the northern edge of Sinaloa. In 1601, the Jesuits' movement into the eastern part of Sinaloa
led to the Acaxee
going to war. The Spanish eventually managed to reassert authority in the Sierra Madre Occidental
Sierra Madre Occidental
region and executed 48 Acaxee
leaders.[10] After Mexican independence, Sinaloa
was joined with Sonora
as Estado de Occidente, but it became a separate, sovereign state in 1830. Geography and environment[edit] The coastal plain is a narrow strip of land that stretches along the length of the state and lies between the Gulf of California
Gulf of California
and the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental
Sierra Madre Occidental
mountain range, which dominates the eastern part of the state. Sinaloa
is traversed by many rivers, which carve broad valleys into the foothills. The largest of these rivers are the Culiacán, Fuerte, and Sinaloa. Sinaloa
has a warm climate on the coast; moderately warm climate in the valleys and foothills; moderately cold in the lower mountains, and cold in the higher elevations. Its weather characteristics vary from subtropical, found on coastal plains, to cold in the nearby mountains. Temperatures range from 22 °C (72 °F) to 43 °C (109 °F) with rain and thunderstorms during the summer months and dry conditions throughout most of the year. Numerous species of plants and animals are found within Sinaloa. Notable among the tree species is the elephant tree, Bursera microphylla.[11] Culture[edit] Culturally, it is known for its popular styles of music banda and norteño.[12] It is the only place in the continent where the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame is played, in a handful of small, rural communities not far from Mazatlán. The ritual ballgame was central in the society, religion and cosmology of all the great Mesoamerican cultures including the Mixtecs, Aztecs, and Maya.[citation needed]

An ulama player in Sinaloa.

The Sinaloa
version of the game is called ulama and is very similar to the original.[13] There are efforts to preserve this 3500-year-old unique tradition by supporting the communities and children who play it.[14] Its rich cuisine[15] is well-known for its variety[16] particularly in regard to mariscos (seafood) and vegetables.[17] Sushi
is a popular dish here.[18] Famous entertainers from Sinaloa
include actor Pedro Infante
Pedro Infante
and singer Ana Gabriel, born in Guamúchil; Lola Beltrán from Rosario, Cruz Lizárraga, the founder of Banda el Recodo, Jorge Orta, actress/comedian/singer Sheyla Tadeo, born in Culiacan; Sabine Moussier and actress/singer Lorena Herrera, born in Mazatlan. The Sinaloa Cartel
Sinaloa Cartel
(Cártel de Sinaloa
or CDS) has significantly influenced the culture of Sinaloa.[19] The cartel is reportedly the largest drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime syndicate in the Western hemisphere; it is based in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa.[20] Demography[edit]

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1895[21] 261,050 —    

1900 296,701 +13.7%

1910 323,642 +9.1%

1921 341,265 +5.4%

1930 395,618 +15.9%

1940 492,821 +24.6%

1950 635,681 +29.0%

1960 838,404 +31.9%

1970 1,266,528 +51.1%

1980 1,849,879 +46.1%

1990 2,204,054 +19.1%

1995 2,425,675 +10.1%

2000 2,536,844 +4.6%

2005 2,608,442 +2.8%

2010 2,767,761 +6.1%

2015[22] 2,966,321 +7.2%

According to the 2015 census, Sinaloa
is home to 2,966,700[7] inhabitants, 61% of whom reside in the capital city of Culiacán
and the municipalities of Mazatlán
and Ahome. It is a young state in terms of population, 56% of which is younger than 30 years of age. Other demographic particulars report 87% of the state practices the Catholic faith. Also, 1% of those over five years of age speak an indigenous language alongside Spanish; the main indigenous ethnic group still residing in the state is the Mayo or "Yoreme" (Cáhita language) people. Life expectancy in the state follows the national tendency of higher rates for women than men, a difference of almost five years in the case of Sinaloa, at 72.5 and 77.4 years respectively. In ethnic composition, Sinaloa
has received large historic waves of immigration from Europe (mainly Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Russia) and Asia (mainly China, Japan and the Philippines). In recent years, retirees from the U.S. and Canada have arrived and made Sinaloa
their home. There was also a sizable influx of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews in the first decades of the twentieth century. Greeks (ancestry from Greece) form a notable presence in Sinaloa, where one can find local cuisine with kalamari and a few Greek Orthodox churches along the state's coast. There is a sizable Arab Mexican
Arab Mexican
community, mostly Lebanese and Syrian descent. Overall Sinaloa
has one of the highest European Mexican rates in the whole country. Education[edit] In terms of education, average schooling reaches 8.27 years; 4.2% of those over 15 years of age are illiterate, and 3.18% of children under 14 years of age do not attend school. [23] Institutions of higher education include Universidad Politécnica de Sinaloa, Universidad Politécnica del Mar y la Sierra, Universidad Politécnica del Valle del Evora, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Sinaloa, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Mazatlán
and Universidad Casa Blanca. Municipalities[edit] Sinaloa
is divided into 18 municipios (municipalities). See Municipalities of Sinaloa. The state's major cities include the capital and largest city, Culiacán. Also Mazatlán, which is a world-famous tourist resort and destination. Los Mochis, an agricultural hub in the Northwestern region of Mexico. Economy[edit] The main economic activities of Sinaloa
are agriculture, fishing, livestock breeding, commerce and industry. The products obtained from these activities are used for both local and national consumption. Agriculture
produces tomatoes, cotton, beans, corn, wheat, sorghum, potatoes, soybeans, sugarcane, peanuts and squash. Sinaloa
is the most prominent state in Mexico
in terms of agriculture and is known as "Mexico's breadbasket". Additionally, Sinaloa
has the second largest fishing fleet in the country[citation needed]. Livestock produces meat, sausages, cheese, milk as well as sour cream. Government and politics[edit] The current governor of Sinaloa
is Quirino Ordaz Coppel
Quirino Ordaz Coppel
(PRI), elected for the period 2017–2022. The state is represented in Mexico
City by three Senators in the upper house of Mexican Congress: Aaron Irizar Lopez (PRI), Daniel Amador Gaxiola (PRI) and Francisco Salvador Lopez Brito (PAN). It also has fourteen federal deputies in the lower house. Notable and infamous natives or residents[edit]

Julio Cesar Chavez
Julio Cesar Chavez
- Six time World Boxing Champion Jorge Orta – Major League Baseball player Jorge Arce
Jorge Arce
– Boxer and flyweight champion Cristobal Arreola
Cristobal Arreola
– Boxer Ramiro Ochoa - Carpet Cleaner Luis Ayala
Luis Ayala
– Major League Baseball player Lola Beltrán – Actress and Ranchera
singer Perla Beltrán Acosta
Perla Beltrán Acosta
– Beauty queen, model and entrepreneur Heraclio Bernal
Heraclio Bernal
– Social Agitator/Folk Hero Jared Borgetti
Jared Borgetti
– Football player Omar Bravo – Football player Javier Valdez Cárdenas
Javier Valdez Cárdenas
– Journalist Oscar Dautt
Oscar Dautt
– Football player Ivan Estrada
Ivan Estrada
– Football player Carlos Fierro
Carlos Fierro
– Football player Ana Gabriel
Ana Gabriel
– Singer Pedro Avilés Pérez – Drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera
Joaquín Guzmán Loera
– Drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo – Drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero – Drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes – Drug lord Alfredo Beltran Leyva – Drug lord Héctor Luis Palma Salazar
Héctor Luis Palma Salazar
– Drug lord Ismael Zambada García – Drug lord Benjamin Arellano Felix
Benjamin Arellano Felix
– Drug Lord Ramon Arellano Felix – Drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo - Drug lord Lorena Herrera – Actress Pedro Infante
Pedro Infante
– Singer and actor Francisco Labastida
Francisco Labastida
– Economist and politician affiliated to the PRI Horacio Llamas
Horacio Llamas
– basketball player Los Tigres Del Norte
Los Tigres Del Norte
Norteño music
Norteño music
group Banda el Recodo
Banda el Recodo
– Banda Sinaloense group Jesús Malverde
Jesús Malverde
– Folklore hero Alberto Medina
Alberto Medina
– Football player Cesar Millan
Cesar Millan
– TV personality and professional dog trainer Fernando Montiel – Boxer Héctor Moreno – Football player Sabine Moussier – Actress Patricia Navidad – Actress and singer Antonio Osuna – Major League Baseball player Roberto Osuna
Roberto Osuna
– Major League Baseball player Óliver Pérez
Óliver Pérez
– Major League Baseball player Fausto Pinto
Fausto Pinto
– Football player Julio Preciado – Singer José Luis Ramírez – Boxer Sara Ramirez
Sara Ramirez
– Actress Paul Rodriguez – Comedian Aurelio Rodríguez
Aurelio Rodríguez
– Major League Baseball player Dennys Reyes
Dennys Reyes
– Major League Baseball player Sheyla Tadeo – Actress and comedian María del Rosario Espinoza
María del Rosario Espinoza
– Taekwondo Olympic medalist Chalino Sánchez
Chalino Sánchez
– Singer Roberto Tapia – Singer Julio Urías
Julio Urías
- Major League Baseball player Chayito Valdez
Chayito Valdez
– Folk singer


Botanic garden "Benjamín F. Johnston" of Parque Sinaloa

See also[edit]

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C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Elephant Tree: Bursera microphylla, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg Asociacion de Gestores del Patrimonio Historico y Cultural de Mazatlán. 2009. The Mesoamerican Ballgame-Ulama

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons
has media related to: Sinaloa

has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Sinaloa.

Geographic data related to Sinaloa
at OpenStreetMap Official website (in Spanish) The History of Indigenous Sinaloa PBS Frontline: The place Mexico's drug kingpins call home

Places adjacent to Sinaloa

 Sonora  Chihuahua  Chihuahua

Gulf of California



Pacific Ocean  Nayarit

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Municipalities and (municipal seats)

(Los Mochis) Angostura (Angostura) Badiraguato
(Badiraguato) Choix (Choix) Concordia (Concordia) Cosalá
(Cosalá) Culiacán
(Culiacán) El Fuerte (El Fuerte) Elota
(La Cruz) Escuinapa (Escuinapa de Hidalgo) Guasave (Guasave) Mazatlán
(Mazatlán) Mocorito (Mocorito) Navolato (Navolato) Rosario (El Rosario) Salvador Alvarado (Guamúchil) San Ignacio (San Ignacio) Sinaloa
( Sinaloa
de Leyva)

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