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Definition of CUERNAVACA
city S cen Mexico S of Mexico City ∗ of Morelos pop 281,752
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
City (pop., 2000: 327,162), capital of Morelos state, south-central Mexico. As the capital city of the Tlahuica Indians, it was known as Cuauhnáhuac. The name was changed (c. 1521) when it was taken by Hernán Cortés; his palace, now the Morelos State House (decorated with murals by painter Diego Rivera), is located there. Nearby are pre-Columbian ruins. A favourite retreat of the emperor Maximilian, the area is still popular with tourists. The University of Morelos was established there in 1953.