Location: North Western Mexico
Altitude: 90 Meters / 300 Feet
Founded: 1563 by Conquistador Francisco de Ibarra
Economy: Cranberries, Tourism
Seat Population: 12,566 (2010)
Name: The name El Fuerte is in reference to the Fort that was established here - Fuerte means strong/fort
Founded in 1564, the Pueblo Magico of El Fuerte, (The Fort) was constructed at Cerro de las Pilas to protect colonizers from attacks by the local indigenous communities. El Fuerte is regarded as a unique town, in that its colonial style is unusual for it’s location in the north. The old Fort now houses a small, basic museum that has amazing views of the surrounding area – including stellar views of the Rio Fuerte.
El Fuerte is a striking colonial town, and the monumental structures reveal that, like many colonial constructs, this region was built from the wealth of nearby mines. Unlike most colonial cities built from silver and gold riches, El Fuerte is a tiny town. This may be one reason why the local peoples are so tight-knit and proud of their special home.