On April 13, 1847, the United States Marines captured La Paz, Calif., during the Mexican War. Fighting ended when U.S. Gen. Winfield Scott and his American troops occupied Mexico City on Sept. 14, 1847. The Mexican War between the United States and Mexico began with a Mexican attack on American troops along the southern border of Texas on April 25, 1848
It is time to call on the United States Marine Corps once again. This below is the city the US Marines captured. Marines shoot with real bullets.
La Paz, Baja California Sur
La Paz is the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur and an important regional commercial center. The city had a 2005 census population of 189,176 persons. Its surrounding municipality, which is the fourth-largest municipality in Mexico in geographical size, reported a population of 219,596 persons living on a land area of 20,275 km? (7,828.2 sq mi).
La Paz was first inhabited by neolithic hunter-gatherers at least 10,000 years ago who left traces of their existence in the form of rock paintings near the city and throughout the Baja peninsula. On May 3, 1535, Hernn Corts arrived in the bay by La Paz and named it Santa Cruz; he attempted to start a colony but abandoned his efforts after several years due to logistical problems. In 1596 Sebastian Vizcaino arrived, giving the area its modern name, La Paz.
During the summer the cooling Coromuel winds, a weather phenomenon unique to the La Paz area, blow during the night from the Pacific over the Peninsula and into the Bay of La Paz.
La Paz's population has greatly increased from the 2000 census and now stands at approximately a quarter of a million people. This growth is largely because the city enjoys one of the highest standards of living and quality of life in Mexico, with average wages in the range of $27 USD per day, whereas minimum wages in the country overall stand at closer to $4.25 USD per day. Many of the poorer southern Mexican States' workers often have to work for half of that. For this reason many migrate to La Paz, and other areas in Baja California Sur, to enjoy a better life and be able to remit portions of their incomes to their families in their home states.
Industries include silver mining, agriculture, fishing and pearls. Tourism is also an important source of employment for this coastal community.
La Paz is served by Manuel Mrquez de Len International Airport. Airlines flying into La Paz include Alaska, Delta, Alma, Interjet, AeroMexico, Mexicana, and AeroCalifornia. Two ferry services operate from the port of Pichilinque outside the city, connecting the Baja California peninsula to the mainland at Mazatln and Topolobampo, near Los Mochis.
La Paz is the state capital and center of commerce, as well as the home of the three leading marine biology institutes in Latin America (UABCS CIBNOR & CICIMAR), largely because it sits on the Gulf of California which is the most bio-diverse body of water in the world. It also supports several other university level institutes of learning. The combination of those makes La Paz one of the best educated per capita in the nation and thus gives it the largest per capita number of environmental experts/investigators in the country, and likely in one of the highest in the world.