Introducing Zacatecas State
The state of Zacatecas (za-ka-te-kas) is a dry, rugged, cactus-strewn expanse on the fringe of Mexico's northern semideserts. The state is best known for the wealthy silver city of the same name. Visitors can enjoy the region's historical and natural monuments including the mysterious ruins of La Quemada, a testament to centuries of cultures. The state is one of Mexico's largest in area (73,252 sq km) but smallest in population (1.49 million); it is believed that as many people again (1.5 million) who come from the state currently live in the United States.