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Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico

Last modified: 2003-01-11 by juan manuel gabino villascán
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Municipio de Tapachula

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Puerto Madero
Formerly San Benito Soconusco

Tapachula municipality, whose capital is Tapachula de Córdova y Ordoñez that is not a coastal city, has under its jurisdiction, in the Pacific Ocean, the most important Chiapas port: Puerto Madero, formerly called San Benito Soconusco.
San Benito Soconusco, founded even before Tapachula, has been the region's most important coastal trading port ever since. In 1813, Spanish Government allowed in 1813 San Benito and Tonalá (La Puerta - Puerto Arista) trading with other New Spain's, Guatemala's and Peru's ports, although the commercial activity reached from Oaxaca, California to Asia exporting most of the "cacao" produced over the region. After independence (1821) San Banito, jointly with the Soconusco was targer of Guatemalan smuglers and thieves, until the regions passed definitively to Mexico in 1842. In 1861 San Benito was offcially allowed to do external-trade operations. With time, San Benito Soconusco became the most important coffee-exporting port of Chiapas. In 1891, President Gen. Porfirio Díaz oppened the lighthouse and dock in San Benito. On February 13, 1934, Governor Col. Victorio R. Grajales decreed changing the name from San Benito to Puerto Madero.
For maritime (registration) purposes, about 1923, San Benito Soconusco (currently Puerto Madero) was know after the region and after its municipality: Tapachula.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, October 06, 2001.