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 (zä′kə-tĕ′kəs, sä′-)
A city of central Mexico north of Aguascalientes. Founded in 1546 as a mining community, it is noted for its well-preserved colonial architecture.


(Spanish θakaˈtekas)
1. (Placename) a state of N central Mexico, on the central plateau: rich mineral resources. Capital: Zacatecas. Pop: 1 351 207 (2000). Area: 75 040 sq km (28 973 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a city in N central Mexico, capital of Zacatecas state: silver mines. Pop: 241 000 (2005 est)


(ˌzɑ kəˈteɪ kəs, ˌsɑ-)

1. a state in N central Mexico. 1,336,496; 28,125 sq. mi. (72,845 sq. km).
2. the capital of this state. 100,051.
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The state was inhabited by Zacateco, Caxcan and Guachichile indigenous groups before Spaniards' arrival; after silver and other metals were discovered in 1548, Zacatecas become an economical center that is still the world's largest silver producer, yielding 17 per cent of the total production ("Zacatecas").