Mexico is a beautiful country situated between the United States and Central America. On the west side there is the Pacific Ocean, on the east, the Gulf Of Mexico and the Carribean Sea. There are mountains, deserts, large modern cities, and quaint villages (pueblos) and it is a country with a lot of history, so it has something to offer everybody!
Languages used in Mexico
Mexico’s primarily a spanish speaking country, although has many people from other parts of the world living within it’s borders. Many of it’s inhabitants can speak two languages or more, depending on where you are. In tourist areas locals can carry on a conversation in English, as it is often a necessity of their workplace to be able to communicate at a basic level in the language.
Mexico is a modern country, with many large cities, a very good communications network, a good network of roads (for the most part), and friendly people who will often greet you with a smile and a welcoming attitude. The weather is mild to hot, depending on where you are in the country at any given time.
There are many multinational corporations which have a presence within Mexico, many of the banks here are foreign owned, along with many of the larger stores one might see.
A country full of history
Mexico is a very old country, once inhabited by ancient civilizations dating back to 10,000 years ago! The country is dotted with remnants of the Aztecs and the Mayan civilizations, which the Spanish eventually conquered when they arrived in the early 1500’s. The Spanish destroyed many of the pyramids and built churches on top of them. You can see evidence of this throughout the country. The Mayans exist today, and live predominantly in the Yucatan Peninsula, Merida, for the most part is predominantly a Mayan city.
Mexican Cession 1848
The country was once much larger before the Mexican Cession in 1848, where in the Mexican American War it lost approx. 50% of it’s territory, to the United States. In fact the Mexican Peso in use today, was acceptable legal tender then, in Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
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