National Geographic : 1996 Aug
Last night's lights still shine at dawn at the Municipal Palace in Veracruz harbor, heart of the state of the same name and one of the busiest ports in Mexico. Hernan Cortes dropped anchor here in 1519, open ing a portal for trade. Rich in oil, seafood harvests, and cultures drawn from distant lands, Veracruz is also a world of back-road virtues, where tradi tion reigns. Says one Veracruzano: "All that is good in Mexico starts here."