Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacan, about 100 miles west of Mexico City.
It’s a historic city with more than 1000 colonial buildings and churches and
became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Morelia was officially founded on May 18, 1541 by the first viceroy of New Spain Antonio de Mendoza, as "City of Michoacán". It was inhabited by 50 Spanish noble families and by Purepecha Indians (brought from Patzcuaro and Tiripetio to serve the Spanish). In 1545, the name was changed to "Valladolid".
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