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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- Lalo Ponce
- Explore score
- 0.25 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Jan 26, 2010
- Date taken
- Jan 26, 2010
Acapulco’s history is long. 3,000 years ago was first inhabited by prehispanic cultures. Later, during the Spanish conquest this paradise was identified as a beautiful place and has been populated since XVI century. It became known as “City of Kings”. Acapulco was also identified as a strategic point for commerce with the Middle East, hence for more than 200 years Acapulco was the most important port in the Americas. At the same time, this place became a paradise for pirates like Sir Francis Drake, who for decades assaulted the boats full with silks, species, rice, porcelain, tomatoes, peppers, corn and silver, among other valuable products.
Centuries later, after the Mexican independence, Acapulco became an important touristic site. The legendary paradise had a golden age during the 50´s. “La Quebrada” at the heart of Acapulco is surrounded by impressive cliffs where brave local and professional divers hurl themselves into a narrow inlet, timing their jump to coincide with the incoming waves that cushion their impact and protect them from landing in the shallows.
Acapulco was home for many national and international celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Johny Weissmuller (Tarzan), María Félix, Agustín Lara, Mauricio Garcés, and many others. Now after decades we can still see the almost faded glamorous landscape of this legendary and beautiful place.