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When the Spanish conquerors first founded their villages, they divided them into neighborhoods aiming to preserve harmony, by keeping different social classes apart; consequently, each of these small sectors began to develop their own traditions, distinguishing them from those of the other sectors. The foundation of San Luis Potosi was no exception in this, and from its earliest days, the town was divided into seven separate neighborhoods or districts with distinguishing features that, even today, can be seen reflected in the traditions and customs of their inhabitants. Let´s go on a brief tour to get an idea of what these seven neighborhoods are like today.

During the foundation of San Luis Potosi, in 1592, the northern part of the village was peopled by families of the native Huachichiles, in Santiago, and by the Tlaxcalans, who helped the Spaniards to conquer this land, in Tlaxcalilla. If you happen to be in that area in August, the feast of the patron saint of Tlaxcala is still one of the liveliest in the capital!

Montecillo, also called San Cristobal, was founded in the eastern part of the village in 1600. This neighborhood seemed to just watch time quietly pass by, until the railroad tracks and the train station were built. Plaza Lopez Velarde is a meeting point for people who still talk about the old days of the railroads or tell popular legends about Juan del Jarro, a local character who once lived in this neighborhood and whose tomb can be seen in the main city cemetery.

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