Taxco de Alarcón is a city in Mexico . It has about 50,000 inhabitants and is situated in the north of the state of Guerrero in the Sierra Madre del Sur . Main industries are manufacturing, trade and export of silver and tourism . The place is a Pueblo Magico . The name comes from the Taxco Indian word Tlachco off, which means “place of the ball game.” The modern name of Taxco de Alarcón also recalls the famous Mexican-Spanish writer Ruiz de Alarcon y Mendoza (1581-1639), probably in Mexico City born, lived and worked in Taxco, before he lived in Spain and died there.
1528 about 20 miles from Taxco today, the first Spanish settlement called Taxco was founded and started with the silver mines. In the 18th Century, Don José de la Borda earned the silver Taxcos a large fortune and it thanked the city with the construction of the Santa Prisca Church of Saints, because of their colonial architectural style of the Baroque (see Colonial ) is one of the most famous churches in America.
In 1931, the artist William Spratling silver came to town and made Taxcos silverware world famous. Even today, produced in his style and in the context of the Fair Feria de la Plata (the largest folk festival in the city – Plata = “Silver” Feria = “fair”, “hard”) annual prize for the best work of the year, carries his name. Today, still exists in Taxco, a silver mine, the majority of silver dates from mines in the area around the city of Guanajuato , in the same state, and is processed in Taxco.