In 1545 the bishopric of Mexico was elevated to an archbishopric, which in 1863 was divided into three archdioceses - Mexico, Michoacan and Guadalajara.
Guerrero was organized as a state in 1849, its territory being taken from the states of Mexico, Michoacan and Puebla.
In 1582 Valladolid replaced Patzcuara as the capital of Michoacan.
(who had been sent into Michoacan to redress the wrongs.
Important branches of these lines extend to Tampico on the Gulf coast, to Manzanillo on the Pacific coast, and westward and southward into Michoacan and Guerrero, with a coast terminus at or near Acapulco.
Michoacan lies within the most active volcanic region of Mexico: Jorullo (4262 ft.) is near its southern line, and Colima (12,750 ft.) is northwest of it in the state of Jalisco.
Michoacan is essentially a mining region, producing gold, silver, lead and cinnabar, and having rich deposits of copper, coal, petroleum and sulphur.
On the lower terraces of Michoacan are Patzcuaro and Cuitzeo lakes, and elsewhere among the sierras are numerous other small bodies of water.
In common with the state of Michoacan, Morelia is a stronghold of clericalism and conservatism.
MORELIA (formerly Valladolid), a city of Mexico and capital of the state of Michoacan, 125 m.