Beatnik spoken word reading set to streetscapes “heavy:” man

A 2009 video short on San Miguel de Allende provides beautifully shot scenery and thoughtful and lyrical soundbytes about what makes the pueblo’s magic realism.

Amid the poetry excerpts of Andrew Oerke’s reading of “The Stepping Stones of San Miguel de Allende” and the music of Specer Brewer, videographer Alan Geoghegan puts together several fun facts about San Miguel De Allende.

In the 1770s, San Miguel de Allende already had a population of over 30,000, not even Boston with 16,000 or New York City and it’s 25,000 were as big.

The original name of San Miguel de Allende was San Miguel El Grande, founded in 1542 by a Franciscan monk.

There are 11 old churches in San Miguel de Allende built between 1542 and 1650

It was an important stop on the silver trading route from Zacatecas and many of the mines are in this area.

At the close of the 18th century, Mexico was producing 1/2 of the worlds silver, providing 2/3 of Spain’s revenue.

In 2009, San Miguel had some 80,000 inhabitants, including 7,000 to 10,000 foreigners.

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