Mazatlán is a Nahuatl word meaning “place of deer”. The city was founded in 1531 by an army of Spaniards and indigenous settlers. By the mid-19th century a large group of immigrants had arrived from Germany. These new citizens developed Mazatlán into a thriving commercial seaport, importing equipment for the nearby gold and silver mines. It served as the capital of Sinaloa from 1859 to 1873. The German settlers also influenced the local music, banda, which is an alteration of Bavarian folk music. Mazatlán is the second-largest city in the state. It is also a popular tourist destination, with its beaches lined with resort hotels.