You can learn more about the state of Guerrero by strolling along the beachfront and downtown area of Zihuatanejo where there are seven, very impressive, “slightly bigger than life” bronze statues of women representing each region. This art is the work of sculptor Crecencio Oregon and is part of the Zihuatanejo’s beautification program.
Mexico has thirty-one states and one Federal District, Mexico City. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is located in the state of Guerrero, which is south of Mexico City and is entirely in the tropics. It is bordered on the north by the states of Mexico, Morelos, Puebla and Michoacán, on the south by the Pacific Ocean on the east by Puebla and Oaxaca.
The state of Guerrero has seven regions and is one of the most privileged states in terms of natural beauty, with beaches, mountains, forests, ecosystems and ethnic diversity. The state also played an important role in Mexico’s independence from Spain. Sculptor Crecencio Oregon has tried to display the characteristics of this state in the statues of the women from each region.
Costa Grande (Big Coast): The Costa Grande Region, in which Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is located, runs along the Pacific Coast. The region is distinguished by its great natural resources – coastal, woodland, orchards and fertile land. The region has beautiful beaches, like the tropical destination of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, located around the coast, with tourism, agribusiness and coconut groves. The statue representing the Costa Grande Region is located in Cancha Municipal, (the basketball court) along the beachfront in Zihuatanejo.
Acapulco de Juarez: Acapulco has the largest population density in the state. It is a city, municipality, region and major sea port, about 190 miles southwest of Mexico City. Acapulco is located on a deep, semi-circular bay and has been a port since the early colonial period of Mexico’s history. Acapulco came into prominence in the 1950s as a getaway for Hollywood stars and millionaires. The statue for the Acapulco Region is located along the beachfront going to La Madera Beach, on Andador El Pescador.
Costa Chica (Little Coast): Located south of Acapulco is the Costa Chica Region.This area is distinguished for its diverse population of different indigenous groups and its population of African descendants. This region develops the most important livestock in the state. It also has a high potential for aquaculture projects to promote large-scale fishing, along with agribusiness. The statue representing the Costa Chica Region is located along the waterfront at the Zihuatanejo Pier.
Tierra Caliente (Hot Earth): As the name suggests, this region is a “hot bed” for agriculture, with land for cultivation of fruits on a large scale. The statue representing the Tierra Caliente Region is located in Cancha Municipal, (the basketball court) along the beachfront in Zihuatanejo.
Norte (Northern): This region has established manufacturing operations called “maquiladoras.” These factories operate in a free trade zone (FTZ), where they import material and equipment on a duty-free and tariff-free basis for assembly, processing, or manufacturing and then re-export the assembled, processed and/or manufactured products, sometimes back to the raw materials’ country of origin. The statue representing the Norte Region is located in the Plaza del Artista, along the beachfront in Zihuatanejo.
La Montaña (The Mountain): Most of the people in this region belong to indigenous groups of different ethnicity and dialects. Due to the mountainous terrain, most of its roads are still dirt and unpaved. The statue representing La Montaña Region is located just a few blocks from the beachfront, on the corner of Calle Cuahutemoc and Pedro Ascencio.
Centro (Central ): The state capital of Chilpancingo de los Bravo is located in the Central Region along with the municipality of Tixtla de Guerrero, the birthplace of Vicente Guerrero, Mexico’s second President, for whom the state is named. The region currently has several infrastructure programs, including irrigation canals, dams and roads. The statue representing the Centro Region is located on Calle Pedro Ascencio, just a few blocks from the waterfront in Zihuatanejo.
Take a stroll along the beachfront of Zihuatanejo and look at the statues. Now that you know about each region, see how the artist portrays each area by the women he sculpted.
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