According to historians, Tecate served as a
seat to a numerous indian populatione. Probably, the name Tecate comes from Pai Pai
language, meaning "clean water". In the year 1879, with the intention of
populating the region, the Mexican Government ordained the settlement of an agricultural
colony in Tecate's land, so prompting the development of an incipient agriculture and
cattle raising.The industrial breaktrough for the city began in 1944, when the 'Tecate'
brewery, and malt and oil mill factories were set up.
At the present time, Tecate has a small yet
growing industrial base. In 1990, 49% of its work force was employed in industry, the
highest rate in Baja California.
Tecate population in 1995 was 65,351.