_Ben_ Posted November 3, 2019 Share Posted November 3, 2019 Preface: Tequila and Mariachi music. A city that sits 1500m above sea level and is home to 1.4 million people. That city is Guadalajara, located in the Jalisco state in central Mexico. It appears that Guadalajara has a rich history, but pre 1532, there wasn't much in the valleys of the subtropical country. Modern day Guadalajara seems to be awash with culture, cuisine and architecture and is home to four professional football teams: Chivas, Atlas, C.D Oro and Universidad de Guadalajara. The former is arguably the largest and most well-supported club in the country and the city has produced some of the countries best footballers - Chicarito Hernandez, Andres Guardado, Pavel Pardo and Rafael Marquez, to name a few. The name Guadalajara came from Cristóbal de Oñate, who named the city after the conqueror of western Mexico, Nuño de Guzmán, Nuño was originally a bodyguard for Charles V of Spain, and this is where our story begins. My FM save is not in this Guadalajara, but the city where the conqueror was born, of the same name, but in Spain. The same name - but certainly no other commonalities. A town of just over eighty thousand people located sixty miles north east of Madrid, in the region of Castilla- La Mancha. Originally inhabited by Andalusian's and part of Muslim Iberia, the original name Guadalajara means Valley of Stones but retaken by Christians in the 11th century and important part of the Spanish Revolution, it seems that the Spanish town has considerably more history than it's Mexican counterpart. Modern day Guadalajara seems to be part of new development plans and growth and, in the past ten years, has apparently grown into one of the most expensive provinces to live in. It also has the pleasure of being twinned with the luxurious Warwickshire town on Nuneaton. There is very little to note about culture and sport, except for one professional football club, C.D Guadalajara, and this is where my story starts. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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