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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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Pamela Teran, a PRI candidate in Oaxaca state, was murdered with a photographer and her driver as she left a restaurant on June 2.
The caravan of more than 1,000 migrants--mostly from the violent and tumultuous northern triangle of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador--was winding its way through the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Oaxaca state April 2 when the Mexican government announced it would move to break up the mass movement of people through the country.
Another journalist, freelance writer Agustin Silva Vasquez, disappeared in the community of Matias Romero in Oaxaca state. His vehicle was found abandoned in the municipality of Asuncion Ixtaltepec, which is on the border with Veracruz state.
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The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later in hospital.
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