In the 12th century, the Purépecha arrived in the valley.
They dominated it politically for the rest of the pre-Hispanic period but did not build any major settlements here.
These schools would turn out scholars such as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and José María Morelos y Pavón, who were sympathetic to the new republican ideas coming out of post-revolution France and United States.
Demonstrations against Spanish rule had been occurring in the town in 1809, culminating in the Conspiracy of 1809.
At the end of the colonial period, Valladolid was a small city with about 20,000 inhabitants.
It was also an educational center with four important schools such as the College of San Nicolás.
Human settlements in the Guayangareo Valley in which Morelia is located have been dated back as far as the 7th century.
Artifacts found here have shown Teotihuacán culture influence on early cultures in this area.
This is the official name it retains today, although its Purépecha name remains Uaianarhio and has had nicknames such as City of Pink (Cantera) Stone, the City of Open Doors, The Rose of the Winds, The Garden of New Spain and religiously as Morelia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.Between the 12th and the 15th century, Matlatzincas moved into the area with permission of the Purépechas, who were based around nearby Pátzcuaro Lake.The main Matlatzinca settlement was where Júarez Plaza in the city is today.Join the hundreds of singles in Morelos already online finding love and friendship in Morelia! 100% Free Online Dating for Morelia Singles at Mingle2After the Mexican War of Independence, the city was renamed Morelia in honor of José María Morelos, who hailed from the city.In 1991, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center.During Quiroga’s lifetime, he managed to keep political and ecclesiastical power in Pátzcuaro despite the viceroy’s and encomenderos’ objections. By 1580, both political and religious authority (Episcopal see) had been transferred to the city of Valladolid, moving the College of San Nicolás, which Vasco founded and laying the groundwork for establishing a new cathedral for the province.During the 17th century, many of the city’s large churches and monasteries were established, such as the monasteries of San Francisco, San Agustin, El Carmen and La Merced as well as the convents of Las Rosas, Las Monjas and Capuchinas.Our free personal ads are full of single women and men in Morelia looking for serious relationships, a little online flirtation, or new friends to go out with.Start meeting singles in Morelia today with our free online personals and free Morelia chat!