Some old houses of Catemaco - as of 2007
historic photos
coat of arms
pending revision of Google translation
Olmec figure that, regarded as a mother culture of pre-Hispanic Mexico. Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas
Region is considered the corridor which crossed in both directions Olmec occupation, Catemaco is in
the central part, the occupation of this culture was this territory dates back to 1500 BC and reaches the
3500 d.C.

At the top of the figure represents the image of erupting volcanoes, this phenomenon purified, the
renewal of the original culture from which others sprang up to our days, here is symbolized with
orange fire. In the Shield of the Olmec figure may be considered earlier than you have about a
settlement in the region. . The central and right anterior the bottom of a beautiful and colorful flowers
and blue represents the beautiful Lake Catemaco. That hand manly, vigorous and strong supporting a
network, a fish and a boat are symbolizing the jobs of life around which events unfold urbanites of
birth, of being and dying, this is Lake Catemaco.

The most important activity has revolved around the lake, since 1580, in the ratio of Juan de Medina is
spoken of stay of Catemaco and mentioned that one of the main products were abundant and
associated with fishing, as well as engage in agriculture.
The coat of arms of Catemaco was designed by Doña Maria Absalon widow of Brizuela in ????
By the year 1664 in terms of Joseph Solis, Catemaco is renamed San Miguel and Lake Catemaco is still
the center of major economic activities, Following the representation of images on the blue background
to the left is another in colors. fishing, to engage in agriculture.
The original article is in  Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México
Veracruz, Mexico
1823 - With a population of 1100, Catemaco is recognized as a village.
?1826 - San Andres Tuxtla including Catemaco secedes from Santiago Tuxtla and forms municipio.
?18?? - Catemaco separates from San Andres Tuxtla and becomes its own municipio.

1874 -
Ensayo Sobre El Derecho Administrativo Mexicano reports a population of 2298.
1881 - Catemaco village is raised to town status,
El pueblo de Catemaco, del Cantón de los Tuxtlas.
1881 - Population 3027
1887 - The first wooden bridge crossing the Rio Grande de Catemaco is built.
1894 - first municipal park is built.
1901 - Completion of the clock tower of Catemaco.
1525 - Santiago Tuxtla is founded, presumably including the Catemaco area.
1529 - Hernan Cortes is awarded the area as part of the Marquesado del Valle de Oaxaca.
1530 - San Martin Volcano erupts. (disputed)
1580 - Catemaco is mentioned as
estancia  (large ranch) of Santiago Tuxtla.

1622 - Fray Antonio Vazquez De Espinosa mentions witches in Veracruz.
1664 - Volcano San Martin Tuxtla erupts.

1714 - People from San Andres form  "Pesqueria", forerunner of Catemaco.
1718 - A Oaxaca priest arrives in Catemaco carrying the statue of the Virgen del Carmen.
1718 - San Andres becomes a pueblo, separating it from Santiago, and controlling Catemaco.
1719 - First sanctuary for the " Virgen de Carmen" is built.
1719 - Possible eruption of Volcano San Martin Tuxtla
1774 - Forerunner of the Catemaco
municipio is formed ?.
1793 - San Martin Volcano erupts.
1799 - A palapa church is replaced by the forerunner of the current basilica.
1911 - Catemaco city hall is burned during Mexican revolution and most historic documents are destroyed.
1913 - First railroad train arrives in San Andres Tuxtla.
1919 - Lago de Catemaco declared "patrimonio nacional"
1922 - First driveable road built between San Andrés and Catemaco.
1930 - Begins construction of carretera Coatzacoalcos to Catemaco.
1938 - Laguna Catemaco Valley is declared a national reserve.

1950 - Population 8713
1950 - First paved street (Avenida Carranza)
1950 The Tepetapan waterfall is replaced by a dam to provide hydroelectric power.
1953 - The carretera federal from Lerdo to Acayucan is completed.
1953 - Begins construction of the municipal palace (city hall)
1954 - First city water lines installed.
1956 - First national phone service.

1960 - Population 16111
1966 - Catemaco achieves city status.

1970 - Population  23095
1979 - San Martin Volcano is declared a national reserve.

1980 - Population 31250
1980 - The Sierra de Santa Marta is declared a national reserve.

1990 - Population 40585
1992 - Last railroad train leaves San Andres Tuxtla.
1997 - First defeat of the PRI party.
1998 - The Reserva de la Biosfera Los Tuxtlas is created.
1998? - Malecon constructed.
From 1950 to 2000, Catemaco´s population increased 512% to 45,383.
3,000 BC - First agriculture record in Los Tuxtlas.
400 BC - 300AD - Olmec culture flowers at Tres Zapotes.

400 - 1000 - Teotihuacan types occupy a massive community at Matacapan, 15 km from Catemaco.
1465? - Aztec Motecuhzoma Ilhuicamina (1440-1469) conquers the south central Veracruz area.
1492 - Columbus arrives in  America.
1519 - Cortés  lands in México
For the complete history of Los Tuxtlas, see
Los Tuxtlas - History
2003 - Town square remodeled.
2004 - First phone based internet in Catemaco city.
2008 - First national chain store - Coppel shoes
2009 - First national supermarket - Aurrera
fledgling democracy