However, the main two groups, the Tzotzils and Tzeltals of the central highlands were subdued enough to establish the first Spanish city, today called San Cristóbal de las Casas, in 1528.
One famous example of this is the Battle of Tepetchia, where many jumped to their deaths in the Sumidero Canyon.Indigenous resistance was weakened by continual warfare with the Spaniards as well as disease, and by 1530, almost all of the indigenous peoples of the area had been subdued with the exception of the Lacandons in the deep jungles who actively resisted until 1695.Chiapas has a coastline along the Pacific Ocean to the south. In the north, in the area bordering Tabasco, near Teapa, rainfall can average more than 3,000 mm (120 in) per year.In the past, natural vegetation in this region was lowland, tall perennial rainforest, but this vegetation has been almost completely cleared to allow agriculture and ranching.Among these cities are Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, Chinkultic, Toniná and Tenón.
The Mayan civilization had extensive trade networks and large markets trading in goods such as animal skins, indigo, amber, vanilla and quetzal feathers.
Chiapas is home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Chinkultic and Toniná.
It is also home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the country with twelve federally recognized ethnicities.
Much of the state’s history is centered on the subjugation of these peoples with occasional rebellions.
The last of these rebellions was the 1994 Zapatista uprising, which succeeded in obtaining new rights for indigenous Españoles (1528), with the name of Provincia de Chiapas for the area around the cities.
It is not known what ended the civilization but theories range from over population size, natural disasters, disease, and loss of natural resources through over exploitation or climate change.