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A city of east-central Mexico on the Gulf of Mexico east of Puebla. Founded in 1599 on a site visited earlier (1519) by Hernando Cortés, it was frequently sacked by buccaneers in the 1600s and 1700s. US troops led by Gen. Winfield Scott captured the city in 1847 during the Mexican War. It is a large port and a tourist resort.
Veracruz(ˌvɛrəˈkruːz; Spanish beraˈkruθ)
1. (Placename) a state of E Mexico, on the Gulf of Mexico: consists of a hot humid coastal strip with lagoons, rising rapidly inland to the central plateau and Sierra Madre Oriental. Capital: Jalapa. Pop: 630 000 (2005 est). Area: 72 815 sq km (28 114 sq miles)
2. (Placename) the chief port of Mexico, in Veracruz state on the Gulf of Mexico. Pop: 410 000 (2000 est)
Ve•ra•cruz(ˌvɛr əˈkruz, -ˈkrus)
1. a state in E Mexico, on the Gulf of Mexico. 6,737,324; 27,759 sq. mi. (71,895 sq. km). Cap.: Jalapa.
2. a seaport in this state: the chief port of Mexico. 438,821.