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10 Cool Facts

About Mexico

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Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world.

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

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Mexico is home to a very rare rabbit called the volcano rabbit which lives near Mexican volcanoes.

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The red poinsettia (which the Aztecs called cuetlaxochitl) originated in Mexico and is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico (in the 1820s).

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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.

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Mexico City has the highest elevation and is oldest city in North America. It is also one of the largest cities in the world.

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

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Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 8-10 inches every year.

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Mexico is located in the “Ring of Fire,” one of the earth’s most violent earthquake and volcano zones.

 

 

Over 60 indigenous languages are spoken in Mexico. Only India has more native languages.

 

 

Cessna 150 Flys over Mexico

Sign along a known Drug Smuggling Route between Mexico and the U.S.

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