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Prominent Figures

Introduction

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Speaking about history means remembering heroic acts, myths, and social upheavals experienced by the subject region until the present time. Especially, the participation of historical personages that, in various stages, took action in defence of its people, ideals, customs, and traditions by which they became part of history and ever present as examples of perseverance.

Since the pre-Hispanic era, the State of Oaxaca has distinguished itself for the great personalities it has produced, and had direct impact on the historical development of the State and Mexico as a country.

We have, for instance, the most famous Mixteca King "8 Venado" Garra de Tigre ["8 Deer" Tiger Paw], who was able to unite the entire Mixteca nation to reach its maximum splendour. Equally important was the last Zapotec King, Cocijoeza, of Zaachila.

In 1821, Benito Jurez was born in San Pablo Guelatao, considered the mastermind of the greatest Reform ever to take place in Mexico. Then, came Jos Vasconcelos, creator of the current educational structure of our country. We must recognise the important trajectory of one of the most remarkable Oaxacan painters, Rufino Tamayo.



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