Interesting Facts About Mexico

Mexico shares its boundaries with the North Pacific Ocean to the west and south and United States on the North. This country has a rich culture and is a great tourist destination. The World Tourism Organization has gone on record saying that Mexico has one of the largest tourism industries in the world.Talking about Mexico, some think of it as the home of Salma Hayek, while others connect it with a Spanish speaking nation. Some interesting facts about Mexico City tell us that according to a recent census, it is among the largest cities in the world and ranks second in population density. Each of the thirty one states in Mexico has their unique dance styles.

Official Name

Great Aztec City

  1. Mexico is the most populated Spanish speaking country in the entire world.
  2. It has the second largest Catholic population in the world, first being Brazil.
  3. Spain conquered Mexico in 1521 and independence was gained after 300 years in 1821.
  4. The 1910 Mexican Revolution witnessed the genocide of nearly a million of people.
  5. Mexico has been one of the founding members of many important international organizations, the United Nations being the most important one.
  6. The district of Mexico City is one of the most populated cities on a global level. Mexico has a population of a little over one hundred million people.
  7. Mexico is one of the world’s largest economies. It is the tenth largest oil producer in the world, the largest silver producer in the world and is considered both a regional power and a middle power.
  8. Mexico City has the world’s largest taxicab fleet. There are more than 100000 taxis.
  9. Mexico has two mountain ranges crossing it to its north and south. The Sierra Madre Oriental and Sierra Madre Occidental cross Mexico to the north and the south respectively. These ranges are an extension of the Rocky Mountain. Mexico also has a fourth mountain range that runs from Michoacán to Oaxaca, the Sierra Madre Del Sur.
  10. The earliest human remains in Mexico are chips of stone tools found near campfire remains in the Valley of Mexico and radiocarbon-dated to circa 23,000 years ago.
  11. The low-lying areas in Mexico are humid and hot during summer. They have a temperature averaging twenty degree to twenty-four degree Celsius. The larger cities in the valley of Mexico have a yearlong temperature of sixteen to eighteen degree Celsius.
  12. Mexico is the site of the domestication of maize and beans which caused a transition from Paleo-Indian hunter-gatherers to sedentary agricultural villages beginning around 7000 BC.
  13. Another important fact about Mexico is its bio-diversity. It is known for its flora and fauna and is one of the seventeen mega-diverse countries in the world. It has a host of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and flora. It is ranked second, first and fourth respectively.
  14. The United Mexican States are a federation of 31 free and sovereign states, which form a union that exercises a degree of jurisdiction over the federal districts and other territories.
  15. Each state has its own constitution and a judiciary. Its citizens are elected by direct voting. A governor for a six-year term and representatives to their respective unicameral state congresses for three-year terms.
  16. Mexico has seven hundred and seven species of reptiles, four hundred and thirty-eight species of mammals, two hundred and ninety species of amphibian and about twenty-six thousand species of flora.
  17. It is considered to be second in the world of ecosystem. Mexico houses about thirty-four unaltered ecosystems and a number of parks and monuments. It also has seventeen sanctuaries and twenty-six areas for protected flora and fauna.
  18. The most popular sports in Mexico are soccer, bullfighting, baseball and boxing. Mexico City hosted the XIX Olympic Games in 1968, making it the first Latin American city to do so.The country has also hosted the FIFA World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986.
  19. Mexican cuisine is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decorations, and a variety of spices. The most internationally recognized dishes include tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, tamales and mole. Regional dishes include mole poblano, chiles en nogada and chalupas from Puebla; cabrito and machaca from Monterrey, cochinitapibil from Yucatán, Tlayudas from Oaxaca, as well as barbacoa, chilaquiles, milanesas, and many others.
  20. The country experiences frequent volcanoes because it is situated in the Ring of Fire, which has the most violent earthquakes and volcanic zones.
  21. The smallest volcano in the world, the Cuexcomate, is situated in Mexico in the city of Puebla and is only 43 feet tall.
  22. Mexico is the largest manufacturer of salt in the world.
  23. The City of Mexico was built on a water reservoir and it sinks about 6-10 inches every year.
  24. The Chichen Itza pyramid is considered one of the wonders of the world and it is said that if you stand by the pyramid, you can hear a bird singing.
  25. The oldest living tree in the world Arbol de Tule is 40 feet tall and is situated in Mexico.
  26. The first printing machine used in North America was used in Mexico.
  27. The Mexican and the United States border is the second largest in the world.
  28. The Mexican flag has three vertical stripes on it. Green, red and white, the green stands for hope, white for purity and red for the blood of the Mexican people. The picture of an eagle eating a snake is based on an Aztec legend.
  29. Father Hidalgo is considered the father of modern Mexico because of his pivotal role in freeing it from Spanish rule in 1810.
  30. The Mexican Zone of Silence has long been famous as the place where the radio signal cannot be received. It is a zone wherein, one cannot communicate with the world via phones or e-mails, cannot watch TV.
  31. Mexican Children do not receive presents on Christmas Day. They receive gifts on January 6, the day on which Mexicans celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men.
  32. Mexico City has the highest elevation and is oldest city in North America. It is one of the largest cities in the world.
  33. Modern Mexicans are unique blend of many ancient civilizations, including the Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, Inca, African, French and Spanish.
  34. Spanish conquerors brought bullfighting to Mexico which is now the national sport of Mexico. Bullfighting takes place from November to April and the Plaza Mexico is the largest bullring in the world.
  35. Texas was a Mexican province which declared its independence from Mexico in 1836 resulting in war with the United States.
  36. Before 1958, women could not vote in Mexico.
  37. The largest wildcat in North America is the Jaguar which can be found in Mexico’s southern jungles.
  38. The National University of Mexico was founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain and is oldest university in North America.
  39. Millions of monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every year from the US and Canada.
  40. Snakes appear repeatedly in Mexican mythology from the serpent god Kukulcan which can be found on the side of the Chichen Itza pyramid to the feathered serpent god, Quetzalcoatl.
  41. The national symbol of Mexico is the golden eagle which features prominently on the coat of arms.
  42. Tourism is one of the important industries of Mexico. Tourists come here mainly to see the beaches, architecture and archaeological sites. Los Cabos, Acapulco and Cancun are amongst the top tourist destinations where you could spend time in the vicinity of beaches.
  43. New Mexico, which is the 47th state of USA lies on the border of Mexico. This is one of the states of USA which is greatly influenced by the Mexican culture. Elegant Buttle, Navajo and Conchas are important lakes in Mexico.
  44. The world’s smallest dog, Chihuahua originated in Mexico. It is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
  45. Mexican children are given both their father’s last name and their mother’s maiden name. This tradition helps preserve the heritage of both parents.
  46. Mexico has given chocolate to the world as well as several other specialties including peanuts, vanilla, beans, coconut and tomatoes.
  47. Mexico City is the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.
  48. Mexico City has the most museums in the world with more than 160.
  49. The Museo Soumaya was donated to the city by the world’s richest man, Mexican tycoon Carlos slim.
  50. Mexico City has one of the highest police to resident ratio in the world. It is said to be one police officer for every 100 residents.
  51. Mexico’s official name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos or United Mexican States. This title was adopted in 1824 in an effort to imitate the United States of America.

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Jaguar

The National University of Mexico

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