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Apodaca, Juan Ruiz de, 1754-1835, Spanish viceroy and military leader. He was sent to London by the Central Junta of Seville to gain English support against Napoleon. After service as governor of Cuba (1812-15), Apodaca, as viceroy of New Spain (1816-21), devoted himself to repressing revolutionary movements. The royalist cause was at first successful, but with the defection of the royalist commander Iturbide it failed. Feeling that Apodaca was not making sufficient effort to put down the revolution, a group in Mexico City, headed by the Masons, forced him to surrender his authority. He returned (1821) to Spain where he held various offices. He had the title visconde de Venadito.

Apodaca is a city and its surrounding municipality that is part of Monterrey Metropolitan area. It lies in the northeastern part of the metropolitan area. As of the 2005 census, the city had a population of 393,195 and the municipality had a population of 418,784 . The municipality has an area of 183.5 km². The fourth-largest city in the state (behind Monterrey, Guadalupe, and San Nicolás de los Garza), Apodaca is one of the fastest-growing cities in Nuevo León and an important industrial center.

The General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (IATA: MTY) and the Del Norte International Airport (IATA: NTR) are located in Apodaca.

Origin of the name

The name if after Dr. Salvador Apodaca, Bishop of the city of Linares, who was born in Guadalajara in 1769 .


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