When was Silao founded, when can we talk about the heritage and traditions of Silao? Why is Santiago the Apostle the patron of our city?
About 13,000 years ago, small populations were born in the so-called Guyanajuatan lowlands where we located Silao. The first inhabitants were nomadic groups of hunter - gatherers, who did not present a complex social organization.
The important conversion of the nomadic life to the sedentary life in Guanajuatan territory occurs during the last millennium BC, to the southeast of the state, with the culture of Chupícuaro (800 BC - 900 AD), whose main contribution was pottery.
The first sedentary agricultural villages that occupied the area where today is Silao date from four centuries before our era, and corresponded to groups culturally close to the Chupicuarian civilization, located within the Upper Preclassic period (1500 BC-300 AD). The region of Guanajuato was integrated, in this period, to the Mesoamerican area.
For the Classic Period (200 BC-900 AD), Guanajuato lands became culturally a marginal frontier site within Mesoamerica.
The Postclassic period (900 BC-1521 AD) inaugurated a period of invasions of northern groups of less elaborate culture that began to take hold of sites that had occupied the earlier Mesoamerican culture groups.
From the Postclassic period, Guanajuato remained as a borderland between two great cultural areas: frontier, as historian Edith Sánchez tells us, was to become, since pre-Hispanic times, the birthplace of a cultural and ethnic mixture: mestizaje, which was incubated in The viceregal period and was generalized as a fundamental characteristic of Mexico as a nation.