The Oil Rich Port of Tampico is Rooted in Ancient Huastec Culture

Tampico is a city and port nestled on the northern bank of the Panuco River. The city’s place in the long lineage that is the history of Mexico, however, is a unique one.

It originally rose around a monastery founded on the ruins of an Aztec village by a Franciscan friar in 1532. After being destroyed by pirates in 1683, it was not reoccupied until 1823. In 1829, however, a Spanish force was defeated by Santa Anna, whereafter it was occupied for a short time by U.S. forces during the Mexican War.

Several of the most productive oil fields in the country are situated within a 100-mile radius of the city. Until 1901 it was a second-rate port, acting as an outlet for fertile but relatively underdeveloped hinterland. The rapid exploitation of petroleum resources, however, resulted in a marked increase of population, and for several years Tampico ranked as the greatest oil port in the world.

Spacious, modern port facilities, warehouses, a union railway station within easy reach of the waterfront, and excellent equipment for loading oil tankers make Tampico the most up-to-date harbour in Mexico, today.

Elsewhere, the area is a bustling tourist resort, and of all the things to do in Tampico, the most well known adventure tours include white water rafting, swimming and fishing.

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