History of Puerto Vallarta

19 January, 2018
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20 January, 2018

History of Puerto Vallarta


History of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta was a traditional village before becoming an international tourist destination, also has all the basic services.

Captain Francisco Cortes of San Buenaventura was the conqueror of this region. Tell the children of reporters that when he reached the village of Tintoque, were waiting at the entrance to more than twenty thousand Indians armed and carrying a flag pen in hand, and so, the Spaniards gave the valley the name of Banderas and so it is called today.

The town was founded on December 12, 1851, by Don Guadalupe Sanchez Torres, who call Las Peñas de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. The name eventually be reduced to Puerto Las Peñas. The creation of the port was needed due to transport silver from nearby mines (San Sebastian del Oeste, Pet).

Rancho Las Peñas was growing and the July 14, 1885 the port was opened to domestic shipping officially using the name of Las Peñas.

The May 31, 1918, by the decree was granted the title of The Rocks municipality. From that date, the penalties Puerto Vallarta would be called in memory of lawyer and Governor of Jalisco, Don Ignacio L. Vallarta.

At that time, agriculture was the main source of wealth in the region. Nutsedge oil and chili growing wild in the mountains and fishing which reached its peak in the next decade are also exploited.

Later the Montgomery Fruit Company was established in the estate of Ixtapa (Zihuatanejo not mistaken) for the exploitation of bananas exported to the United States. The company brought the first tractors to the region, prefabricated houses, an electric generator and even a railroad. There was plenty of work and port traders benefited from increased sales. The Vallartences still remember those years as a "bonanza of Ixtapa" Alvaro Gonzalez Fernandez (McKoy), Jorge Antonio González Alvarado (Colero) and Javier Medina Valadez (Javi trais Mil).
In the second half of the 1930s and early 1940s, shark fishing was very important: its salted meat, dried, was sent to Mexico City where it was sold. Liver oil was exported to the American Union where it was transformed into capsules that were given to the soldiers of World War II as a vitamin supplement. Shark skins, crocodile, some pearls and nacre is also exported.
In 1951, the city celebrated with great celebrations the centenary of its founding. On December 12 of that year, Mexico's navy was presented in the bay to greet vallartences his salvo of 21 guns, and in the square, the 80 performers Navy band sang the notes of the National Anthem . The arrival of foreign capital and the opening of tourism-related businesses, the entry of Mexican aviation company reinstated the air route was two abandoned and the establishment of some state government programs for coastal development, fostered the local economy.

However, for Mexico and the world it remained almost unknown place until a salient fact was responsible for spreading its attractions; filming on location of the port, the film The Night of the Iguana, in 1963, directed by John Huston, starring internationally famous Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr. The May 31, 1968, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the municipality, the later works of great importance that benefited the entire valley and definitely changed the role that the port had played until then started developing.

A very important fact marked the beginning of the decade of the 1970's August 20, 1970, they gathered at the port Presidents Gustavo Diaz Ordaz of Mexico and Richard Nixon of the United States. During his visit, the President of Mexico inaugurated works of great importance: the road Compostela Puerto Vallarta and the bridge over the Ameca River, the international airport, the electrical substation of CFE and new docks.

This work made possible the arrival of more cruise ships, and the new airport allowed the increase of flights to existing companies and the entry of foreign airlines. Puerto Vallarta stay well connected with major cities of the country and the world.

The influx of tourists increased, and consequently new jobs were opened to staff experienced in the various branches of the tourism industry and the increase in population with the arrival of immigrants from different parts of the country, he began to be reflected in the housing shortage.

To regularize land ownership trust he was created. The money earned from the sale of the land or the regularization of these serious employee in social welfare works such as drainage, drinking water, streets, roads and urban redevelopment.

Currently, is considerable influx of visitors from almost everyone, who enjoy the natural wonders as well as the facilities that Puerto Vallarta offers visitors.