30 interesting facts about Mexico

1. The official name of Mexico is Estados Únidos Mexicanos (United States of Mexico).

2. The largest feline in North America is the Jaguar. It can be found in southern Mexico’s jungles.

3. The first printing press in North America was used in Mexico City in 1539.

4. National University of Mexico was founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain and is the oldest university in North America.

5. Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world and this name is given by the state with the same name in Mexico.

6. Millions of Monarch butterflies migrate each year from the USA and Canada as their deforestation destroys their natural habitat.

7. The US-Mexico border is the world’s second largest grantee after the US-Canada border.

8. Children in Mexico do not receive chicks on Christmas Day, but only on January 6 when Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Three Kings (The Three Craigsles of the East).

9. Mexico City is built over the ruins of the Aztec city Tenochtitlán. Because it is built on a lake, Mexico City sinks about 15-20 cm each year due to the large volume of water taken out of the lake to meet the needs of the growing population.

10. The Mexican flag consists of 3 vertical stripes. The green stripe on the left represents hope, the white in the middle purity and the red on the right symbolize the blood of those who died fighting for the independence of Mexico. The picture of an eagle eating a snake in the center is based on an Azteca legend.

11. Only 10 countries in the world have a larger population than Mexico (129.2 million inhabitants).

12. Mexico City is the oldest city in North America.

13. Mexico ranks 14th in the top of the world’s largest countries by surface.

14. Mexico is the second country (after Brazil) with the highest number of Catholics.

15. A weird fighting weapon from the Mayan period is the “wasp bomb”, which was a whole wasp nest that was thrown against enemies during battles.

16. The Aztecs adopted the cult of human sacrifice from the time of their formation because it was believed that the world would end and the sun would not move without human blood. There are countless ancient statues displaying gods that pull out the tongue, such as Huitzilopochtli, a gesture that is believed to symbolize blood thirst.

17. Mexico is located in the “Circle of Fire”, one area of ​​the earth is recorded the most powerful and violent earthquakes and volcano eruptions.

18. The Aztecs used to play a ball game known as “tlachtli” in which the losers were sacrificed in the name of the gods.

19. In Mexico we find a rare rabbit species called the “volcano hare” because it lives near the volcanoes in Mexico.

20. Around 60% of the Mexican population consists of mestizo (Indian-Spanish), 30% Indian or Indian, 9% Caucasian, and the remaining 1% other.

21. Mexico has been under Spanish domination for about 300 years until the country’s population, led by a priest named Father Hidalgo, rebuffed the Spanish on September 16, 1810. Hidalgo is considered

22. When Conquistador Spanio Hernan Cortés arrived in 1519, the Aztecs believed he was their returning god, Quetzalcoatl, so they offered him the drink of the gods: hot chocolate.

23. Mexico has introduced chocolate, corn and chili peppers to the world.

24. The state of Texas was a Mexican province until 1836 when they declared independence, resulting in a war with the USA (1836-1838).

25. In 1910, under the leadership of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, the Mexican peasants rebelled against Porfirio Díaz’s dictatorship for equality and the right to the earth. The Raboi lasted for 10 years and resulted in the loss of more than 1 million people.

26. Until 1958, women had no right to vote in presidential campaigns.

27. The largest pyramid in the world is the Great Pyramid of Cholula in Mexico. It is also the largest monument made in the world.

28. Mexico is the most populated Spanish-speaking country.

29. Actor Anthony Quinn was the first Mexican to win the Academy Award for his 1952 role in Viva Zapata.

30. The US consumes approximately 35 million kilos of avocados every year on the Cinco de Mayo holiday.