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Guelatao de Juárez

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Guelatao de Juárez

San Pablo Guelatao
Municipality and town

Location of the municipality in Oaxaca
San Pablo Guelatao
San Pablo Guelatao
Location in Mexico

Coordinates: 18°10′35″N 96°52′30″W / 18.17639°N 96.87500°W / 18.17639; -96.87500

Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
 • Total 22.96 km2 (8.86 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 476
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

San Pablo Guelatao is a town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and the seat of the municipality of Guelatao de Juárez, about 55 km north of the city of Oaxaca. Guelatao, as it is often called, is in the foothills of the Sierra de Juárez, part of the Sierra Madre Mountains. It is part of the Ixtlán District in the Sierra Norte region. In 2005 San Pablo Guelatao had 111 households with a population of about 476 people.[1]

The majority of the population are indigenous Zapotec.

The town

It is the birthplace of President Benito Juárez. At that time, Guelatao had a population of fewer than 100 people, and fell under the jurisdiction of the larger neighbouring town of Ixtlán. Juárez was therefore baptised in the church at Ixtlán, which is now known as Ixtlán de Juárez in his honour. However, Guelatao became an independent municipality in 1824. The town has a small museum dedicated to Juárez.

XEGLO, a government-run indigenous community radio station that broadcasts in Zapotec, Mixe and Chinantec, is based in Guelatao.

The municipality

As municipal seat, Guelatao has governing jurisdiction over the communities of Llano de la Cheta and Río Grande. It is part of the Ixtlán District in the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca region.


Coordinates: 17°19′01″N 96°30′00″W / 17.317°N 96.500°W / 17.317; -96.500

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