Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County, and larger of the Twin Cities,
the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, containing about 3.5 million residents.
As of 2015, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 46th-largest
in the United States with a population of 410,939. Minneapolis and Saint Paul anchor
the second-largest economic center in the Midwest, after Chicago.
The Rio Grande is one of the principal rivers in the southwest United States and northern Mexico (the other being the Colorado River).
The Rio Grande rises from south-central Colorado in the United States and flows to the Gulf of Mexico.
Along the way, it forms part of the Mexico–United States border. According to the International Boundary and Water Commission,
its total length was 1,896 miles (3,051 km) in the late 1980s,
though course shifts occasionally result in length changes. Depending on how it is measured,
the Rio Grande is the fourth- or fifth-longest river system in North America
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico.
The city is in the Guayangareo Valley and is the capital and largest city of the state.
The main pre-Hispanic cultures here were the Purépecha and the Matlatzinca, but no major
cities were founded in the valley during this time. The Spanish took control of the area in the 1520s.
The Spanish under Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza founded a settlement here in 1541 with the name of Valladolid,
which became rival to the nearby city of Pátzcuaro for dominance in Michoacán.