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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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Estudio de la herpetofauna del Monumento Natural Yaxchilan, Chiapas Mexico. Tesis inedita de Licenciatura, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
To contribute: Make checks payable to Ecologic Development Fund, and note in the memo field either Guatemala Lake Atitlan Grower Fund or Chiapas Mexico Grower Fund.