large suburb of Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, in the country of México.

About four miles northwest of downtown Guadalajara via Avenida Avila Camacho, Zapopan (pronounced sah-POH-pahn) is the home of the Virgin of Zapopan - often referred to as La Zapopanita (Little Zapopaner) since her image, made of corn paste, stands a mere 10 inches tall. Legend alleges that Chimalhuacano indians, awed by a Franciscan friar's display of La Zapopanita during the heat of battle against the Spaniards, surrendered and were converted to Christianity. In 1734, at the height of an epidemic, she was taken to the towns and villages around Guadalajara. Wherever the virgin appeared, sickness reputedly ceased, and many miracles were subsequently attributed to her.

Population (2000) = 912,000

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