Born in Salamanca GTO, a Region in the Bajio of Mexico.
I have vivid memories of my home town in Guanajuato, Mexico. I was raised in the city till the age of eight. I attended kindergarten and made it to 4th grade. I remember the school, the people, my neighborhood. I remember going to church, walking around the Plaza and enjoying ice cream from my godmother’s ice cream parlor.
Fifteen years later, I revisit the history and the patrimony of Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Founded January 1, 1603 as ‘Villa de Salamanca’ by the Viceroy Gaspar de Zuniga and Acevedo, fifth Earl of Monterrey, who was originally from Salamanca (Spain). The town was founded in the lands of Bajio, after cattle ranchers and poor farmers, a few Spaniards, and small groups of Otomi Indians who formerly occupied a village named Xidoo, already lived in the area.
In recent years, many refineries have opened, and Salamanca has grown rapidly to become an important site for manufacturing and service industry in the region. Also, the University of Guanajuato has made many scientific contributions to develop agricultural and industrial technologies, giving a boost to the local and regional industries.
The city has a rich craft industry, especially statues of wax, bronze, and pewter, and is also the location of the headquarters of the Center for the Arts of Guanajuato.
The former convent of San Juan de Sahagún and its church (with 12 monumental altarpieces artistically carved with 24 carat gold-plated sheet), and the former parish of St. Bartolmé Apostol are located within the city.
- Flor Silvestre, film actress and singer