Magdalena Tequisistlán

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Magdalena Tequisistlán
Municipality and town
Location of the municipality in Oaxaca
Location of the municipality in Oaxaca
Magdalena Tequisistlán is located in Mexico
Magdalena Tequisistlán
Magdalena Tequisistlán
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°24′N 95°37′W / 16.400°N 95.617°W / 16.400; -95.617Coordinates: 16°24′N 95°37′W / 16.400°N 95.617°W / 16.400; -95.617
Country Mexico
 • Total599.64 km2 (231.52 sq mi)
 • Total6,014
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)

Magdalena Tequisistlán is a town and municipality in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, located 470 km (290 mi) southeast of Mexico City. It is part of the Tehuantepec District in the west of the Istmo Region; the town was founded in 1410 under the present name. In the Chontal language it was known as "Maadú".[1]


The municipality covers an area of 599.64 km2 at an altitude of 190 meters above sea level. The climate is warm sub humid, with summer rains. Flora include chepil, epazote, purslane, pine, oak, oak, Tepehuaje, pochote and coconut. Wild fauna include deer, skunk, opossum, coyote, armadillo and wild boar.[1]


As of 2005, the municipality had 1,524 households with a total population of 6,014 of whom 232 who spoke an indigenous language;[1] some speak the highland version of Oaxacan Chontal.[2] The people grow corn, coffee and vegetables for personal consumption. About 30% of the population is engaged in raising cattle. Hunting and fishing are practiced for personal consumption. There are large deposits of marble that are exploited by local cooperatives, employing 40% of the economically active population. Mezcal is made also to a lesser extent.[1]

The town was the location of the murder of a police officer by an angry mob and the focus of a comic art piece by Steven Lasch called "Angry Mexico".[citation needed]


As municipal seat, Magdalena Tequisistlán has governing jurisdiction over the following communities:

  • Ampliación Colonia Guadalupe,
  • Bambita,
  • Barrio de la Cruz,
  • Barrio del Calvario,
  • Barrio del Rosario,
  • Barrio Pancilo,
  • Colonia Marilú,
  • El Ciprés,
  • El Polvorín,
  • El Sauce
  • Huerta los Rosales (Barrio Centro),
  • La Concepción,
  • La Pájima,
  • Las Majadas,
  • Las Minas,
  • Los Nanches,
  • Pochotillo (Casa Blanca),
  • Colonia San Jose,
  • San Miguel Ecatepec
  • San Pedro Jilotepec.


  1. ^ a b c d "Magdalena Tequisistlán". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  2. ^ "Chontales". Go Oaxaco. Retrieved 2010-07-21.[dead link]