El Fuerte is acknowledged in Mexico as a “Pueblo Magico” town for it’s historical, architectural, and cultural contributions. You will enjoy the quaint cobblestone streets, gardens, town center, and plentiful natural environments. The locals are very proud of their town and show it in their hospitality.
In 1563, El Fuerte was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Ibarra. In 1610, a fort was built to ward off the Native Americans in this area that consisted largely of the Zuaque and Tehueco. Although the fort is no longer standing, currently a replica museum stands near the town center. El Fuerte was a very important city because it served as a passage to the frontiers of the northern territories of Mexico, Arizona, and California. For almost three centuries, El Fuerte was one of the most important commercial and agricultural hubs of the Mexican northwest regions. In addition, the geological location made it a hot spot as a trading post for silver miners and pioneers. Gold from the Urique and Batopilas mines of the Sierra Madre Mountains was transported by river. Today, the town is a hub for agriculture, especially for blueberries. The dams near El Fuerte are a local favorite for bass fishing. Tourism blooms in this quaint town and charming town center.
Along the El Fuerte river, you can also see petroglyphs carved into stone, which represent an earlier period of the Nahuatl Indians. Serpents, sun gods, and shamans are some of the many symbolic carvings that still remain. Once located on the highest point in town, an earthquake shook these artifacts to the places they are currently located. Many petroglyphs scattered along Mask Hill and the banks of the El Fuerte River. nearby is the Mayo village. You may choose to meet a family and watch the elders preform the “deer dance”, the story of life”, performed for Semana Santa holidays.
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Even in a military sense, El Fuerte is historically recognized. In 1915, during the Mexican Revolution, it is said that here Pancho Villa was defeated by Venustiano Carranza. Carranza was an important leader of the Mexican Revolution, who later became a Mexican president.