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MANZANILLO History



Manzanillo. Most people can't pronounce it, have no idea where it is, don't know what the city has to offer, and can't figure out how to get there.

Manzanillo (pronounced mahn-san-nee-yoh), is the largest shipping port on the western coast of Mexico, located 165 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, or roughly midway between Mazatlan and Ixtapa.

Originally discovered in the early 1500s by Hernan Cortes' minions, it was designated a shipbuilding site (the wood from the manzanillo tree was used to build ships), and an official departure point for important expeditions. Over the next 300 years, Manzanillo's history was filled with accounts of pirates from Portugal, France, Spain, and England assaulting, looting and burning ships for their precious cargoes.

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Manzanillo sea port

With its fine natural harbors, Manzanillo was an important seaport even before the Spanish Conquest. “Tlacotla” (which means “the place of the conch shells”) was first ruled by the Tarascans. Hernan Cortés and his followers, searching for Chinese treasure in the Pacific, were among the first visitors the area now known as Manzanillo.

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Sailfish World Capital

Manzanillo was the third port created by the Spaniards in the Pacific. It is called the "Sailfish World Capital" since 1957. The reason for the naming of the city in that specific year is that 336 of them were caught in its waters. Since then and due to the vast amount of capture in the port it is seat for the Dorsey International Tournament since 1954.

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Legend of Playa De Oro

146 years ago on the Sunday evening of July 27, 1862 this beautiful beach provided a chaotic scene. It was the middle of the American Civil War. The boat was the S.S. Golden Gate, one of the fastest paddle steam ships on the West Coast. 338 passengers and crew, along with a reported $1.4 million in gold were sailing on a voyage from San Francisco to Panama. They never made it.

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Manzanillo Mascot: The Blue Sailfish

Dominating the downtown Manzanillo waterfront stands a 30 meter tall 25 meter wide monument called the Monumento al Pez Vela. It is a giant blue sailfish statue that refers to the most important sport in Manzanillo, that of fishing.

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