Introduction of Monterrey
Capital city of Nuevo Leon state and third-largest city in Mexico, c. 150 mi S of Laredo, Texas. Founded in 1579, it was captured by Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War after a valiant defense by the Mexicans from September 19 to 24, 1846. Its Obispado chapel and cathedral are in the colonial style. Monterrey is the industrial center of Mexico with Latin America’s highest gross domestic product per person.