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Allende is a city in the Mexican state of Coahuilamarker.The city serves as the administrative centre for the surrounding municipality of Allendemarker.

History

The name "Allende" is in honour of Ignacio Allende, a hero of Mexicomarker's War of Independence. The town's folk hero is Arnulfo González who was gunned down in the mid 1920s, and has a "corrido" sung by artists such as Vicente Fernández and many others.Prior to 1832 the settlement was known as San Juan de Matamarker.

Geography

The city of Allende is located at , at a height of above sea level. It straddles Federal Highway 57, with state capital Saltillomarker some away to the south, while the international border crossing at Piedras Negras, Coahuilamarker (across the Río Bravo del Nortemarker from Eagle Pass, Texasmarker, USAmarker) is some to the north. Allende is also crossed by the railway that connects Saltillo to the border city of Ciudad Acuña (across the river from Del Rio, Texasmarker, USAmarker).

Allende municipality covers a total surface area of and, in 2000, reported a total population of 20,153.The town's annual festival (fiesta patronal) takes place on 29 August.In addition to the municipal seat, the only other two settlements of any size in the municipality are Río Bravo and Chamucero.

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