city, north-central Guerrero estado (state), south-central Mexico. It was settled in 1750 and was named in honour of Agustin de Iturbide's Iguala Plan, proclaiming Mexico an independent monarchy (Feb. 24, 1821). Iguala lies along the Cocula River and is an important regional commerce and communications centre. Products from much of Guerrero, including corn (maize), beans, sugarcane, peanuts (groundnuts), lemons, and rice, are gathered there and distributed to inland plateau cities. There are some small-scale industrial activities, including the extraction of sesame-seed oil and the production of soap. Historically, Iguala was a centre for gold mining and smithing. Iguala is served by the Mexico City-Acapulco expressway and the Mexico City-Balsas River railroad. It is also served by domestic airlines. Pop. (2005) urban agglom., 128,444.

Learn more about Iguala with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: iguacu river
Next Definition: iguana
Words Near: iguala
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for iguala
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing iguala
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature