SISTER STATE RELATIONSHIP
Capital: Mérida (892,363 pop.)
Area: 39,524 km2 (15,260 sq mi)
Climate: tropical wet and dry
COUNTRY COMMITTEE CHAIR
The Iowa-Yucatán Partners of the Americas was established on September 24, 1965 by a group of business and civic leaders in Des Moines, who met with then-Governor Harold Hughes. After this meeting, Governor Harold Hughes decided that Iowa and Yucatán should be a sister state.
The state of Yucatán was chosen as Iowa's partner because of its henequen production, which is used to produce baler and binder twine. Because of Iowans' use of these products when harvesting oats and hay crops, our two economies are very intertwined.
Although the partnership began from agricultural roots, it has grown to be so much more than that. Iowans and citizens of Yucatán continue to explore different ways they can help benefit both communities. This was flourished into projects to stop hunger, language immersions, and transfer of music and knowledge.