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city, west-central Michoacan estado (state), west-central Mexico. Founded in 1533, Uruapan (from a Tarascan Indian term meaning "where the flowers abound") is famous for its Spanish-colonial atmosphere and colourful lacquerware and Indian handicrafts (see ). It is a rail terminus and agricultural marketing and processing centre in an area that produces coffee, grains, sugarcane, avocados, and other fruit. Uruapan is a base for tourists visiting the volcano Paricutin (about 20 mi [32 km] northwest), which appeared suddenly in 1943. The city is accessible by highway, railroad, and air from Mexico City to the east. Pop. (2005 prelim.) urban agglom., 279,229.