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Mexico is world's largest producer of silver


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Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world


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Corn (maize), one of the world's major grain crops, was originated in Mexico


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Mexico highest point: Volcan Pico de Orizaba 5,700 meters

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Rio Grande (Río Bravo) is the Longest River in Mexico
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The red poinsettia originated in Mexico and is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico

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Mexico City sinks 10 inches each year as it was built on an ancient lake
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Spanish conquerors introduced bullfighting to Mexico. Plaza Mexico in Mexico City is the largest bullring in the world with over 41,000 seats.
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The Chihuahua, the smallest breed of dog in the world, is named after the Mexican state, Chihuahua.
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Mexico is home to world's second biggest Catholic Christian population (Only Brazil has more Catholics than Mexico)
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The official name of Mexico is Estados Únidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States) - Mexico was initially named after its capital city (Mexico City). During the 14 - 16th centuries, when the Aztec people dominated large parts of the country, the capital city was called Mexico-Tenochtitlan. After the Spanish conquered the city in the 16th century, they ruined it and built Mexico City on top of the Aztec capital. Mexico city was built to resemble a Spanish city.
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The charreada is the national sport of Mexico. It is a competitive event similar to rodeo and was developed from animal husbandry practices used on the haciendas of old Mexico. The sport has been described as "living history," or as an art form drawn from the demands of working life. Evolving from the traditions brought from Spain in the 16th century, the first charreadas were ranch work competitions between haciendas. The modern Charreada developed after the Mexican Revolution when charro traditions were disappearing. The charreada consists of nine events for men plus one for women, all of which involve horses, cattle or both. The charreada is an elaborate Mexican rodeo consisting of nine separately scored events featuring everything from bull riding to cala de caballo, or reining, which is literally where the rider is required to demonstrate mastery of the reins by forcing the horse to “dance” about the ring. There is even an event called El Paso de la Muerte (literally the pass of death), where the charro rides bareback and attempts to leap from his own horse to the bare back of a wild horse without reins and ride it until it stops bucking.
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The National University of Mexico was founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain and is the oldest university in North America. The university, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), was founded in 1551 by Charles V, a holy Roman Emperor.
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Mexico is widely believed to have introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world. Chocolate was discovered in Mexico and was made by the Meso-American people into a sweet beverage using natural sweeteners. The word ‘chocolate’ derives from the language of the Aztecs, Náhuatl (xocolatl : xoco, bitter + atl, water). Ixcacao is the Mayan Goddess of chocolate. Corn (Zea maiz) was first cultivated in central Mexico. Most chillies come from Mexico, the word derived from the Náhuatl word chilli.
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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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The Cuexcomate volcano, located in the suburbs of Puebla, Mexico, is the smallest volcano in the world. The Cuexcomate volcano is just roughly as tall as a four-storey building. The volcano is only 13 meters tall. Its base diameter is only 23 meters and its crater’s diameter is only 8 meters. Cuexcomate volcano was formed in 1664. It sprang out as an offshoot parasitic cone when a much bigger volcano, Popocatépetl, erupted. It is a popular tourist spot in Puebla with its spiral staircase that run inside of the volcano. And the name, Cuexcomate, is also very apt. It came from the Nahuatl word, cuexcomac, meaning bowl or a place to keep things. The only chance for Cuexcomate to erupt would be if the larger Popocatépetl will erupt so violently.
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Mexico city has the 160 museums, second largest number of museums in a city. (London has the most museums)
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The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec - Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved its independence early in the 19th century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused a massive economic downturn the following year, although growth returned quickly in 2010. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely indigenous population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON, but the PRI regained the presidency in 2012. Since 2007, Mexico's powerful drug-trafficking organizations have engaged in bloody feuding, resulting in tens of thousands of drug-related homicides
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Top 10 cities of Mexico with populations (2012 est.) are:
1. Mexico City: 12,294,193
2. Iztapalapa: 1,820,888
3. Ecatepec de Morelos: 1,806,226
4. Guadalajara: 1,640,589
5. Puebla: 1,590,256
6. Ciudad Juárez: 1,512,354
7. Tijuana: 1,376,457
8. Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl: 1,232,220
9. Gustavo A. Madero: 1,193,161
10. Gustavo A. Madero, Tamaulipas: 1,185,772

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