Mazatlán's name comes from a Náhuatl Indian word "Mazatl" which means "Place of Deer." Mazatlán has about a half million residents and is one of Mexico's best billfish sport fishing areas. It has a very important commercial seaport. Although towns were first settled in this area about 400 years ago, a permanent colony was not established until the early 1820's with the first municipal government installed in 1827.




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