In 1922, the Ministry of Agriculture and Development created a map of Sinaloa and published it with its file called Geographical Atlas of the Mexican Republic. This map reflects a small part of what the state was 100 years ago, such as that in that time there were only 16 municipalities. If you want to know more, keep reading.
As we told you, it was 1922, post-revolutionary years in Mexico; Álvaro Obregón was the President of the Mexican Republic; Sinaloa had about 341,000 inhabitants, and Mandarin Chinese was the second most spoken language in the state, after Spanish, of course.
In those times, Mazatlán headed the Top 5 of the most populated cities in Sinaloa, with 24,254 inhabitants; Culiacán followed with 16,000; Rosario with 7,050; Los Mochis with 6,649, and Escuinapa with 5,032.
By then, Navolato and Salvador Alvarado were not formed as municipalities. Navolato’s would be consolidated until 1982 and Salvador Alvarado’s in 1962. But that’s not the issue.
Even though Mazatlán exceeded Culiacán in population, it still took 10 years for the latter to surpass the port.
Sinaloa had a lot of economic activity. Mazatlán was consolidated as an important port, and hotels began to be built, such as the Belmar. This economic flow, and the development left behind by the Porfiriato, brought in foreign labor, including many from China, which is why Mandarin was the most widely spoken language at that time, because they occupy 2 percent of the population in Mazatlán and Culiacán. In addition, it was unknown how much indigenous population in the sierra.
The cities grew over the years, some faster than others, so much that from 1922 to date in Culiacán there are 958,638 inhabitants; Mazatlán registers 502,547, according to the 2017 census; Ahome has 416,299; Guasave 285,912, and Navolato 135,603.
Sinaloa currently has 3 million inhabitants, it has grown with 2 million 659 thousand inhabitants.
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