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San Miguel Quetzaltepec
Municipality an toun
San Miguel Quetzaltepec is located in Mexico
San Miguel Quetzaltepec
San Miguel Quetzaltepec
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°58′N 95°49′W / 16.967°N 95.817°W / 16.967; -95.817Coordinates: 16°58′N 95°49′W / 16.967°N 95.817°W / 16.967; -95.817
Kintra Mexico
 • Total199.03 km2 (76.85 sq mi)
 • Total6,015
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Staundart Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylicht Time)

San Miguel Quetzaltepec is a toun an municipality in Oaxaca in sooth-wastren Mexico. It is pairt o the Sierra Mixe destrict athin the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca Region. The name "Quetzaltepec" means "hill o the quetzal", a tiny bird wi a lairge reid an green tail that is nou rare in the aurie.[1]


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The municipality covers a aurie o 199.03 km² at a altitude o 1,200 metres abuin sea level. The average temperatur is 20 °C. Rainfaw is variable. Trees include pitch pine, cedar an oaks. Fruits are mango, oranges, limes, lemons, pineaiple, mamey, guava, bananas, succar cane, custard aiple, sapodilla plum, muntain grape, avocado, cuajinicuil, chayote an peaches. Wild ainimals include tod, wild cat, wild boar, armadillo, squirrel an deer.[1]


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As o 2005, the municipality haed 1,419 hoosehaulds wi a tot population o 6,015 o whom o 5,428 fowk spoke a indigenous leid. The main economic activity is coffee cultivation, wi smaw-scale production o ither crops an some ainimal husbandry. Timmer is loggit for uise in construction o local hooses.[1] The Union o Indigenous Commonties o the Isthmus Region, a cooperative foondit in 1982, assists in production an distribution o the local products, notably coffee, unner a fair trade label.[2]

In Juin 2003 a group o Indian activists tree'd tae seize the toun haw, triggerin in which three fowk dee'd an ten wur woondit. The group claimit that the local govrenment wis stealin public funds.[3] In Februar 2006 the toun o San Juan Bosco Chuxnaban, which is in the municipality, wis invadit bi ower 60 hivily airmit state judicial polis who uised tear gas an gunfire durin thair reest o three residents. The detainees war apparently Zapatista supporters opposed tae the PRI.[4]


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  1. a b c "San Miguel Quetzaltepec". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived frae the original on 11 December 2004. Retrieved 12 Juin 2009.
  2. "Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region" (PDF). GPIAtlantic. Retrieved 18 Julie 2010.
  3. "Indian Activists Start Gunbattle That Kills 3". Orlando Sentinal. 4 Juin 2003. Archived frae the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 18 Julie 2010.
  4. "SAN JUAN BOSCO CHUXNABAN". NarcoNews. 19 Februar 2006. Retrieved 18 Julie 2010.