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10 interesting facts about Mexico


Mexico is one of the most visited countries. It is a country with a very rich history and impressive landmarks. That only is one of the Caribbean sea. Also do not forget that Mexico is the homeland of the Maya and Aztecs. Is a state in southern North America. Its area is 2000 m2 with a population of about 110 million people. The political structure is a Federal Republic comprised of 31 States led by the President. The country is fraught with a lot of interesting secrets and facts. 10 most interesting facts about Mexico you can find right now.

10. In Mexico, more than 60 official languages

Yes, everyone knows that the official language of Mexico is Spanish. But as if that was not surprising, in this country speak more than 60 languages, and all are considered public. Nahuatl is the most spoken language in addition to Spanish. It is used by over a million people. In addition, the ancient language of the ancient Mayans used more than 700 thousand people, and about 500 thousand use Mixtec. It turns out that about seven million Mexicans use another language. Some languages use a very small number of citizens.

9. Previously, it was the 5th largest country on Earth

Mexico these days is a fairly extensive area, but in the past it was much more. Everyone knows the States of Utah, Arizona, new Mexico, Nevada, California and Texas were once part of Mexico. But that's not all. Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador, too, was part of Mexico. Owning these States in our days, Mexico was most of the European Union and would be the fifth largest territory. But unfortunately, by the end of 1820, the territory was lost. After 25 years the location was degraded Mexican-American war.

8. The smallest term in the history

Once Mexico for their young presidential term glorified Pedro josé Domingo. This man was the President of all-only about one hour. The Mexican revolution was the cause of this event. General Victoriano Huerta overthrow Madero. In the Mexican Constitution refers to the transition of power of the deposed ruler to the Minister of foreign Affairs. Domingo just and was this same Minister. Huerta insisted that the President has appointed Domingo. Next, Pedro josé Domingo appointed General Huerta foreign Minister immediately resigned. So he stayed on a post of the President just about an hour.

7. In some States of Mexico there is a third kind

In Mexico, LGBT are very ambiguous. In some States, raiding bars for people with non-traditional orientation, but other legalize same-sex relationships. But besides all this there is a third gender. To him are men who have chosen the life of a woman. Surprising for Mexico that these people accept as normal. They have the same rights as male and female. Besides, there are annual events. It turned out that such people existed in Mexico long before the appearance of the abbreviation LGBT.

6. The smallest volcano on Earth

In addition to the short presidential term in history, Mexico boasts the smallest volcano. The volcano is called Quixote. Its formation, separated from the large volcano of Popocatepetl, he began in 1664. Quixote began itself to grow rapidly. However, the growth of the volcano is also rapidly ended, reaching only thirteen meters in height. Quixote is very small and no longer active, so it can be easily found in the yards of houses that were built near this volcano.

5. Here is located the oldest University in all of North America

The majority of people thinks that Harvard is the oldest North American University. But it's not. The oldest educational institution in North America is the national Autonomous University of Mexico (NAUM). The year of Foundation of the institution — 1553. His discovery occurred during the Holy Roman Empire. Then it was called the Royal and Pontifical University of New Spain. Just think, at the time of opening the educational institution, a famous person is not even born.

4. Once Mexico went to war with France because of the pastries

At all times, peoples and countries were at war with each other for different reasons. But in world history there's never been a war over some cakes. It all started with the defeat of bakeries in the capital of the country, which belonged to the Frenchman. Baker demanded redress, but he answered only by ridicule. Then he demanded an audience with the king of France, Louis-Philippe. The king even agreed to help the Frenchman. Mexico has exposed the requirement about damage compensation in the amount of six hundred thousand pesos. Thus, Mexico has refused the demand and was under bombing and shelling. The war lasted 4 months, while taking hundreds of lives. Over two hundred people were injured.

3. The mass Exodus of Mexicans from the United States, immigration is no longer a problem

The immigration of Mexicans to the US has always been a loud issue. In fact, until 2000, in the United States moved more than two million Mexicans. But over time, the situation began to reverse. These days, immigrants are increasingly returning home from the US on their own. This indicates a total decline of Mexicans in the United States. The reasons are many: the Mexican economy, the economic crisis in the US, strengthening border controls and much more.

2. The capital of Mexico is sinking

As frightening as this may sound, but, unfortunately, it is. Every year the capital is losing by 3 meters in height, despite the fact that Mexico city is on the eighth line of the rating of the highest capitals. The reason for this is water. Residents of Mexico use water from the neighbouring settlements, thereby depleting the total pool of water and affecting the soil. Every year the population of the capital grows, therefore, in the near future it will continue to sink even faster.

1. The deluded Emperor in history

Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph has the distinction of being the second and last Emperor of Mexico. Member of the European Royal line of the Hapsburgs (who ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire), Maximilian in 1863 received a letter stating that the people of Mexico voted to make him their Emperor. Maximilian fled to Mexico and declared himself Emperor.

When Maximilian proclaimed himself Emperor of Mexico, he caused a civil war that lasted three years. Apparently, Maximilian did not understand this and thought that he was loved and he finally found his true calling. The peasants executed him on a hillside near Queretaro in 1867. The reign of the last Emperor of Mexico ended.

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