About Colima

The colorful and small city of Colima is proud of the provincial character of its joyful, amiable and sincere people that like to keep their traditions and rituals. Currently, it is the capital of the State of the same name, also known as “The City of Palm Trees” for the abundance of these tropical plants. In 1523 the Spanish explorer Gonzalo de Sandoval founded one of the first villas of the New Spain, the villa of Colima near the Indian population of Tecoman; however, on the 20th of January in 1527 the current capital city was founded under the name of Villa de San Sebastián. From March 1792 to November of the same year, the city had as the priest of its parish church Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. This is why when he pronounced the now famous shout of Dolores for starting Mexico’s War of Independence, the mestizos, Indian and Creole society of Colima didn’t doubt in taking the arms and fighting for the country’s sovereignty. Scenery of great battles between insurgents and realists (defenders of the Spanish crown), the city of Colima saw great men of Colima fight with determination as the Colima born José Antonio Torres, Rafael Arteaga, Pedro and Manuel Regalado, José Calixto Martínez, Miguel “El Lego” Gallaga, the priest José Antonio Díaz and Ignacio Sandoval, among many others. During Porfirio’s era, Colima was benefited, as most of the country, from a railroad connecting the port of Manzanillo with the city of Colima and another connecting this city with Tuxpan. During the Mexican Revolution War, the coastal state kept itself outside armed struggles, not without suffering the battles for power of local parties. Because it wasn’t its time yet to fight its cruelest battle, the Cristero War, started with the aprobal of the Law of Cults in 1926. Its consisted of an armed attack of the central government against the Church and all its properties, including schools, temples, hospitals and orphanages. Colima is located in the Valley of Colima, with a height between 1,148 and 1,804 feet over sea level. It has a subhimid warm climate with an average temperature of 77°F and it rains in the summer from July to September. Today, the city is connected by highway to the great cities of Guadalajara and the port of Manzanillo, it also has an airport.

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