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Benito Pablo Juárez García, an indigenous Zapotec from Oaxaca, served as President of Mexico for five terms: 1858–1861 as interim, then 1861–1865, 1865–1867, 1867–1871 and 1871–1872.

The Mixtec and Zapotec are the two largest indigenous groups in Oaxaca. In addition there are fourteen other groups: Mazatec, Chinatec, Mixe, Chatino, Trique, Huave, Chicatec, Zoque, Amuzgo, Chontal, Tacuate, Chochotec, Ixcatec, and Popoloco. All together they comprise 48% of the population of Oaxaca.
Only one indigenous person has served as President of Mexico, and his name is Benito Juárez, a Zapotec from Oaxaca.
by BNita December 2, 2016
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