San Joaquín Municipality, Querétaro

San Joaquín Municipality
Municipality
San Joaquín Municipality is located in Querétaro
San Joaquín Municipality
San Joaquín Municipality
Location in Mexico
San Joaquín Municipality is located in Mexico
San Joaquín Municipality
San Joaquín Municipality
San Joaquín Municipality (Mexico)
Coordinates: 20°59′N 99°30′W / 20°59′N 99°30′W / 20.983; -99.500
Country Mexico
StateQuerétaro
Area
 • Total499 km2 (193 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total8,865
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)

San Joaquín is a municipality in Querétaro in central Mexico.[1]

History

Before the Spanish, the site at "Ranas" was a mining center, principally for cinnabar which was used as a pigment. The "Ranas" site was first mined about 400C.E.[2] In 1622 the village of "San Nicolás Tolentino en el Paraje de las Rana" was founded.[2] In 1682 the community of Ojo de Agua de Ranas was founded.[1]

In 1724 Viceroy Juan de Acuña, 2nd Marquis of Casa Fuerte granted the first land in the municipality.[1] In 1728 the first Spanish mine was opened at San Juan Nepomuceno.[1]

In 1864 the name "San Joaquín" was first used on a map.[1]