Platón Sánchez (municipality)

Platón Sánchez
Platón Sánchez
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 21°17′0″N 98°22′0″W / 21.28333°N 98.36667°W / 21.28333; -98.36667
Country  Mexico
State Veracruz
Municipal seat Platón Sánchez
Municipality created 1868
  Municipal President Teodoro Hernández Hernández (Conv.), 2008-10
  Total 227.84 km2 (87.97 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m (200 ft)
Population (2005)
  Total 17,670
  Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)

Platón Sánchez Municipality is one of the 212 municipalities of the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is located in the state's Huasteca Alta region. The municipal seat is the town of Platón Sánchez.


The municipality covers a toal area of 227.84 km² and is located on Federal Highway 123.


It borders on Tempoal Municipality (north), Tantoyuca Municipality (east), Chalma Municipality (south) and Chiconamel Municipality (south-east). To the south it borders on the state of Hidalgo.


Major products are corn, cereal, sugar, and fruits.


In the 2005 INEGI Census, the municipality reported a total population of 17,670 (down from 18,229 in 1995), of whom 10,009 lived in the municipal seat.[1] Of the municipality's inhabitants, 5,633 (33%) spoke an indigenous language, primarily Nahuatl; 6.14% of the municipality's population did not speak Spanish.[2]


There are 127 settlements in the municipality. The largest ones are:


The municipality's name honours Rafael Platón Sánchez (18311867), a native of the area who fought in the Battle of Puebla of 5 May 1862 and later chaired the court martial that sentenced Emperor Maximilian and his generals Miguel Miramón and Tomás Mejía to death by firing squad in Santiago de Querétaro on 19 June 1867. The municipality was established with Platón Sánchez's name in 1868.

In 1938 Platón Sánchez (together with Chiconamel) lost territory which then formed the new municipality of Chalma.


  1. "Platón Sánchez". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  2. "Platón Sánchez: Población". Veracruz State Govt. Retrieved 2008-11-04.

Coordinates: 21°17′N 98°22′W / 21.283°N 98.367°W / 21.283; -98.367

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