Since prehispanic times, the salt produced in Cuyutlán, in the mexican state of Colima, were of vital importance. The mighty Aztec Empire controlled the salt routes, which they considered highly strategic. During the Spanish domination , salt obtained a special significance , as it was an esencial ingredient for the production of silver, lead product and support of the economy of New Spain.
In the late eighteenth century, Cuyutlán produced annually up to 3,600 tons, that were transported from Colima to Mexico City and the mining areas of the time. Around 1890, a new technology in the silver mines was introduced , replacing the salt with cyanide, which caused the disappearance of many of the salines in Mexico. The Cuyutlán salines survived due to the high quality of salt they provide, what do specially suitable for food use.
Currently, Cuyutlán remains the place of origin of one of the best sales in the world, which keep the essence of craft production, with improved processes to ensure better hygiene and purity.