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A city of southeast Mexico south-southwest of Veracruz. It was founded c. 1490 as an Aztec garrison post and was conquered by the Spanish in 1521.
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Oaxaca(wəˈhɑːkə; Spanish oaˈxaka)
1. (Placename) a state of S Mexico, on the Pacific: includes most of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec; inhabited chiefly by Indians. Capital: Oaxaca de Juárez. Pop: 3 432 180 (2000). Area: 95 363 sq km (36 820 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a city in S Mexico, capital of Oaxaca state: founded in 1486 by the Aztecs and conquered by Spain in 1521. Pop: 483 000 (2005 est). Official name: Oaxaca de Juárez
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Oa•xa•ca(wəˈhɑ kə, wɑ-)
1. a state in S Mexico. 3,220,895; 36,375 sq. mi. (94,210 sq. km).
2. the capital of this state, in the central part. 212,818.
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