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A state of extreme southeast Mexico adjoining the Guatemalan border. Largely rural and underdeveloped, in the 1990s Chiapas became the site of a popular uprising against Mexico's federal government.


(Spanish ˈtʃjapas)
(Placename) a state of S Mexico: mountainous and forested; Maya ruins in the northeast; rich mineral resources. Capital: Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Pop: 3 920 515 (2000). Area: 73 887 sq km (28 816 sq miles)


(tʃiˈɑ pɑs)

a state in S Mexico. 3,584,786; 28,732 sq. mi. (74,415 sq. km). Cap.: Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
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These Chiapan cloud forests are known to have high species-diversity but are fragmented into small patches that increase their vulnerability (Cayuela et al.
They describe him as a figure who lived for 501 years as "a timid fire" in the death of the Indians, whose "step was and was not of [the Chiapan] lands," who is and is not "seed of [the Chiapan] soils," who "speaking, [silences] his words" in the mouths of the Indians, and manifests himself in all those involved with the Chiapan Indians, including the former revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata.
Zapatista economic and social programs include land redistribution, sharing the export-derived income from Chiapan resources, the right for peasants to market their products without middlemen, increased rural and urban salaries, accessible health care provision, education, and adequate infrastructure (water, electricity, roads, sewer systems, and communications).
Onesimo Hidalgo of the Chiapan organization CIEPAC (Center for Ecoonomic and Political Research), reports on these consequences of NAFTA there: "Chiapas once held second place in the production of corn on the national level; today it is sixth.
While ignored in Mexico City, Chiapan plantation owners frequently make news in Guatemala City for their despotic treatment of workers.
citizens, all of San Francisco, watched a raid by 750 military troops, for example, in the small Chiapan town of Taniperlas on April 11.
54 percent of the Chiapan population suffers from malnutrition .
In 1558, Spaniard Pedro Ramirez de Quinones led troops against Chiapan Indians in what has come to be called the War of the Cakchiqueles.
Therefore, after a brief discussion of the Chiapan folk son in its regional, national, and middle-American contexts, he passes to the less controversial areas of classical transcriptions and original classical works by Mexican composers.
The Chiapan co-op scheduled an organic inspection for January, and looked forward to its first year as a certified organic producer.
Three-year-old plantations of Caribbean and Chiapan pines have grown five to 10 feet a year in their new homes.