35 Interesting Facts About Mexico

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interesting facts about Mexico

1. A Mexican tamale called the zacahuil is three feet long and weighs about 150 pounds.

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

3.The border between Mexico and the United States is the second largest border in the world.

4. The first great civilization in Mexico were the Olmecs (1400-300 B.C.) who established many cities along the eastern coast of Mexico, sculpted the famous Colossal Heads, and worshiped a mysterious, unnamed god that was part human and part jaguar.

interesting facts about Mexico

5. The Zapotec civilization (600 B.C.-A.D. 800) developed the first writing system in the Americas.

6. One unusual Mayan weapon was a “hornet bomb,” which was an actual hornet’s nest thrown at enemies during battle.

7. 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.

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

interesting facts about Mexico

9. Only ten countries in the world have a larger population than Mexico’s 109,955,400 million people.

10. Millions of monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every year from the U.S. and Canada.

11. The National University of Mexico was founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain and is the oldest university in North America.
12. Mexico is home to a very rare rabbit called the volcano rabbit which lives near Mexican volcanoes.

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

14. Mexico is second only to Brazil in the number of Catholic citizens.

15. The red poinsettia originated in Mexico and is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico

16. 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.interesting facts about Mexico

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

18. Mexico’s size is 756,066 square miles

19. Spanish conquerors brought bullfighting to Mexico, which is now a national sport of Mexico. Bullfighting takes place from November to April, and the Plaza Mexico is the largest bullring in the world.

20. Mexico is the most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world.

21. Actor Anthony Quinn was the first Mexican to win an Academy Award for his role in the 1952 movies Viva Zapata.

22. The Chichen Itza Pyramid in Mexico was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

interesting facts about Mexico

23. The average Mexican only finishes grading 6.

24. Mexico’s main industries are food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel petroleum, mining and tourism.Thier agricultural products are rice, beans, coffee, fruit and tomatoes.

25. Hot chocolate is the sacred drink of the Aztecs.

26. The popular Caesar salad is named after Caesar Cardini.

27. The name tomato comes from the Aztec language.

28. Mexico City sinks 10 inches each year.

30. Mexico is the largest salt producers in the world.

31. There are fifty species of hummingbirds, several types of pelicans and other species of birds in Mexico.

32. The first astronomer’s convention was held in Mexico in 700A.D.

33. Mexico has the world’s smallest volcano. It is 43 feet tall and has a staircase inside.

34. The country has the oldest living tree in the world. It is 40 feet tall.

35. The Aztecs believed turquoise would protect them so they decorated their battle shields with it.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Fascinatig facts!
    Fact #2 is my favourite… but that could just be because you mentioned two of my favourite ingredients ( :

  2. Kids in Mexico do receive presents on Christmas, however those who were unfortunate to receive presents that day, they get presents on January 6th, or at least candy.

  3. We do receive presents in Christmas… it depends on the family. My grandma never heard about the 3 wise men until she moved to Mexico City, she only received presents from Santa Claus in Christmas. In my family we do both.

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