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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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(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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(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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Noun1.Oaxaca - a city of southeastern MexicoOaxaca - a city of southeastern Mexico  
Mexico, United Mexican States - a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810
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On Friday, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake cut power supply to 1.3 million homes and businesses in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Morelos, according to the authorities.
So far, minor damage to buildings in Oaxaca has been reported.
En Mexico, Howell & Webb (1995) senalan que la distribucion geografica de esta especie abarca principalmente la Sierra Madre Occidental, el occidente del Eje Neovolcanico Transversal y las montanas de Chiapas; no obstante, estos autores denotan que en los estados de Guerrero y Oaxaca existe un vacio de informacion respecto a su distribucion, lo que coincide con lo mencionado por Van Perlo (2006).
Carlos Franco Perez, priest at the cathedral in Oaxaca city, has been arrested for an alleged sexual assault occurring during Holy Week, according to local media.
Clashes took place in several municipalities in Oaxaca, but the most violent were in Nochixtlan, north of the state capital, also called Oaxaca.
The violence erupted as anti-riot police moved in to dislodge protesters blocking a highway in the southern state of Oaxaca.
Oaxaca has another location in Bedford-Stuyvesant near the border of Clinton Hill.