Tenosique, Tabasco

Tenosique is a municipality in the southeastern corner of the state of Tabasco, in Mexico. It is located at about . Its official name is Tenosique de Pino Suárez, which is also the name of the town that is the cabecera de municipio, the municipal seat of the municipality. The town had a 2005 census population of 31,392 inhabitants (the fourth-largest community in the state after Villahermosa, Cárdenas, and Comalcalco), while the municipality had a population of 55,601. The municipality has an area of and includes many small outlying communities.

Tenosique's etymology: from the Maya words "Tana" or house and "tsiic" weaving or counting threads. Which leaves us with "casa de los hilanderos " or "House of Weavers or thread counters". Tenosique was founded c. 1000 B.C. in the Preclassic Maya Period (according to Magnolia Paz Nexo in her book Tenosique Prehispánico y Colonial edited by the Government of Tabasco). Since then Tenosique has been occupied uninterruptedly.


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