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Veracruz is a city on the Gulf of Mexico coast, in the state Veracruz in Mexico. The city, which is sometimes known as "Puerto de Veracruz" to distinguish from the state, was originally founded as a sea port by Hernán Cortés in 1519 during the early stages of his conquest of Mexico for Spain. The settelement was originally known as La Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz (meaning "The rich town of the true cross"), and even today, this name is still sometimes used.
As of the 2005 census, Veracruz had a population of 444,438 people living in the city itself, and 512,310 living in the municipality.
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