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| image_flag = Flag of Mexico.svg| image_flag2 = | image_coat = Coat of arms of Mexico.svg| alt_coat = | symbol_type = Coat of arms| national_motto = La Patria es Primero()Himno Nacional Mexicano"{{small>()}}{{center>(File:Himno Nacional Mexicano instrumental.ogg)}}| other_symbol_type = | other_symbol = | image_map = MEX orthographic.svg| map_width = 220px| capital = Mexico City19N08type:city}}| largest_city = Mexico CityNone at Federal government of Mexico{{ref label>iboxb}}}}Spanish language>Spanish and 68 Languages of Mexico{{ref label>iboxa|a}}Indigenous peoples of Mexico>56 Amerindian and diverse foreign ethnic groupsitem_style=white-space:nowrap; Catholicism >7% Protestantism Christianity>Other Christianity Irreligion>Irreligion 3% No answer }}| languages_type = National languageSpanish language>Spanish (de facto){{ref labelb}}Mexican people>MexicanFederalism Presidential system>presidential{{raiseRepublicMX QARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20110511194922/HTTP://WWW.SCJN.GOB.MX/SITECOLLECTIONDOCUMENTS/PORTALSCJN/RECJUR/BIBLIOTECADIGITALSCJN/PUBLICACIONESSUPREMACORTE/POLITICAL_CONSTITUCION_OF_THE_UNITED_MEXICAN_STATES_2008.PDF TITLE=POLITICAL CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES, TITLE 2, ARTICLE 40 ACCESSDATE=AUGUST 14, 2010, }}}}President of Mexico>President| leader_name1 = Andrés Manuel López ObradorPresident of the Senate (Mexico)>President of the Senate| leader_name2 = Mónica Fernández BalboaPresident of the Chamber of Deputies (Mexico)>President of the Chamber of Deputies| leader_name3 = Laura Angélica Rojas HernándezCongress of the Union>CongressSenate of the Republic (Mexico)>SenateChamber of Deputies (Mexico)>Chamber of DeputiesMexican War of Independence>Independence| sovereignty_note = from SpainGrito de Dolores>DeclaredURL=HTTPS://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/BOOKS?ID=WDZY7YJHRROC&PG=PA83PUBLISHER=OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESSPAGE=83, Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire>Consummated| established_date2 = September 27, 1821Spanish American wars of independence#New Spain and Central America>Recognized| established_date3 = December 28, 18361824 Constitution of Mexico>First constitution| established_date4 = October 4, 1824Federal Constitution of the United Mexican States of 1857>Second constitution| established_date5 = February 5, 1857Constitution of Mexico>Current constitution| established_date6 = February 5, 1917| area = | today = | area_km2 = 1,972,550| area_footnote = | area_rank = 13th| area_sq_mi = 761,606| percent_water = 2.5PUBLISHER=CONSEJO NACIONAL DE POBLACIóN LANGUAGE=SPANISH, | population_estimate_year = 2019| population_estimate_rank = 10th| population_density_km2 = 61| population_density_sq_mi = 157| population_density_rank = 142nd$2.575 trillionHTTPS://WWW.IMF.ORG/EXTERNAL/PUBS/FT/WEO/2018/02/WEODATA/WEOREPT.ASPX?SY=2018&EY=2023&SCSM=1&SSD=1&SORT=COUNTRY&DS=.&BR=1&PR1.X=46&PR1.Y=4&C=273&S=NGDPD%2CPPPGDP%2CNGDPDPC%2CPPPPC&GRP=0&A= >TITLE=MEXICO ACCESSDATE=MAY 12, 2017, }}| GDP_PPP_year = 2018| GDP_PPP_rank = 11th| GDP_PPP_per_capita = $20,645| GDP_PPP_per_capita_rank = 64th$1.199 trillion}}| GDP_nominal_year = 2018| GDP_nominal_rank = 16th| GDP_nominal_per_capita = $9,614| GDP_nominal_per_capita_rank = 69th| Gini = 49.8 | Gini_year = 2016| Gini_change = increase LAST=DATE=AUGUST 30, 2017ACCESS-DATE=FEBRUARY 25, 2019, | Gini_rank = | HDI = 0.774 | HDI_year = 2017| HDI_change = increase PUBLISHER=HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME>PAGES=23, September 14, 2018, | HDI_rank = 74thMexican peso>Peso| currency_code = MXN| time_zone = See Time in Mexico| utc_offset = −8 to −5| utc_offset_DST = −7 to −5| DST_note = | time_zone_DST = varies| antipodes = | date_format = | drives_on = rightTelephone numbers in Mexico>+52| cctld = .mxiboxa}}Article 4.° of the General Law of Linguistic Rights of the Indigenous Peoples.HTTP://WWW.INALI.GOB.MX/PDF/LGDLPI.PDF >TITLE=GENERAL LAW OF LINGUISTIC RIGHTS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DATE=MARCH 13, 2003 PUBLISHER=INALI.GOB.MX, July 18, 2014, iboxb}}Spanish is de facto the official language in the Mexican federal government.}}Mexico ( {{IPA-es|ˈmexiko||es-mx-México.ogg}}; ), officially the United Mexican States (UMS; NEWS, Romo, Rafael, After nearly 200 years, Mexico may make the name official,weblink CNN, November 23, 2012, WEB,weblink About Mexico, Embajada de Mexico en Estados Unidos (Mexican Embassy in the United States), December 3, 2012, July 17, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 2, 2013, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, March 26, 2010, Presidency of Mexico, Official name of the country, March 31, 2005, March 26, 2010, {{IPA-es|esˈtaðos uˈniðos mexiˈkanos||Es-mx-Estados Unidos Mexicanos.ogg}}), is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico.Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, 3rd ed., Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, Merriam-Webster; p. 733 Covering almost {{Convert|2000000|km2|sp=us}},{{CIA World Factbook link|mx|Mexico}} the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 129 million people,WEB,weblink Top 100 most populous countries, Countries of the, July 13, 2019, 2018-2019, Mexico is the tenth most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states plus Mexico City (CDMX),WEB, El Financiero, DF no es el estado 32, aclaran legisladores,weblink January 22, 2016, Victor, Chavez, July 15, 2019, which is the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the country include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana, and León.WEB, City Population,weblink MEXICO: Metropolitan Areas, July 13, 2019, Pre-Columbian Mexico dates to about 8000 BC and is identified as one of six cradles of civilizationWEB, Mapscaping, MAPPED: THE 6 CRADLES OF CIVILIZATION,weblink May 8, 2018, July 13, 2019, and was home to many advanced Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec before first contact with Europeans. In 1521, the Spanish Empire conquered and colonized the territory from its politically powerful base in Mexico-Tenochtitlan (part of Mexico City), which was administered as the viceroyalty of New Spain. The Roman Catholic Church played a powerful role in governing the country as millions were converted to the faith, although King Charles III expelled the Jesuits in the 1770s. The territory became a nation state following its recognition in 1821 after the Mexican War of Independence.WEB, The Hisotry Channel, History of Mexico,weblink November 9, 2009, July 15, 2019, The post-independence period was tumultuous, characterized by economic inequality and many contrasting political changes. The Mexican–American War (1846–1848) led to a territorial loss of part of the huge northern territories to the United States. The Pastry War, the Franco-Mexican War, a civil war, two empires, and the Porfiriato occurred in the 19th century. The Porfiriato ended with the Mexican Revolution in 1910, which culminated in the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution and the emergence of an authoritarian one-party state,WEB,weblink Rama, Anahi, Stargardter, Gabriel, Chronology: Checkered history of the PRI's rule in Mexico, June 28, 2012, Reuters, WEB,weblink Mexico's history of one-party rule, January 5, 2012, The Washington Post, JOURNAL, Padgett, L. Vincent, 1957, Mexico's One-Party System: A Re-Evaluation, 1952448, The American Political Science Review, 51, 4, 995–1008, 10.2307/1952448, JOURNAL, Whitehead, Laurence, 2007, An elusive transition: The slow motion demise of authoritarian dominant party rule in Mexico, Democratization, 2, 3, 246–269, 10.1080/13510349508403441, once described as the "perfect dictatorship",WEB,weblink Gomez Romero, Luis, Massacres, disappearances and 1968: Mexicans remember the victims of a 'perfect dictatorship', October 5, 2018, The Conversation, NEWS,weblink Vargas Llosa: "México es la dictadura perfecta", September 1, 1990, El País, País, Ediciones El, JOURNAL, Reding, Andrew, 1991, Mexico: The Crumbling of the "Perfect Dictatorship", 40209208, World Policy Journal, 8, 2, 255–284, that ruled for much of the 20th century until the opposition victories led Mexico to democratic transition in the 1990s.WEB,weblink Chronology of Mexico's transition to democracy, November 29, 2000, CNN, WEB,weblink Mexico's Democratic Breakthrough, July 4, 2000, The New York Times, WEB,weblink End of era for all-powerful party, July 2, 2000, CNN, JOURNAL, Wise, Carol, 2003, Mexico's Democratic Transition: The Search for New Reform Coalitions,weblink Law and Business Review of the Americas, 9, 2, 283–318, May 12, 2019, Mexico has the 15th largest nominal GDPWEB,weblink GDP Ranking, The World Bank Cata Catalog, 2019, July 13, 2019, and the 11th largest by purchasing power parity.WEB,weblink GDP (purchasing power parity) (Billion $), Index Mundi, January 1, 2018, July 13, 2019, The Mexican economy is strongly linked to those of its 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, especially the United States.WEB,weblink Mexico (05/09), June 25, 2012, US Department of State, July 17, 2013, WEB,weblink CRS Report for Congress, November 4, 2008, Congressional Research Service, July 17, 2013, In 1994, Mexico became the first Latin American member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It is classified as an upper-middle income country by the World BankWEB,weblink Country and Lending Groups, World Bank,weblink" title="">weblink March 18, 2011, dead, March 5, 2011, Uppermiddle Income defined as a per capita income between $3,976 – $12,275, and a newly industrialized country by several analysts.BOOK,weblink Globalization and the Transformation of Foreign Economic Policy, PaweÅ‚ Bożyk, Ashgate Publishing, 2006, 978-0-7546-4638-9, 164, Newly Industrialized Countries, BOOK,weblink The Limits of Convergence, Mauro F. Guillén, Princeton University Press, 2003, 978-0-691-11633-4, 126 (table 5.1), Multinationals, Ideology, and Organized Labor, Mauro F. Guillén, BOOK,weblink Geography, An Integrated Approach, David Waugh, Nelson Thornes, 2000, 978-0-17-444706-1, 3rd, 563, 576–579, 633, and 640, Manufacturing industries (chapter 19), World development (chapter 22), BOOK,weblink Principles of Economics, N. Gregory Mankiw, Thomson/South-Western, 2007, 978-0-324-22472-6, 4th, Mason, Ohio, The country is considered both a regional power and a middle power,WEB,weblink Beyond the BICs: Strategies of influence, James Scott, Matthias vom Hau, The University of Manchester, April 11, 2012, David Hulme, WEB,weblink How to compare regional powers: analytical concepts and research topics, British International Studies Association,weblink" title="">weblink November 30, 2012, dead, April 11, 2012, WEB,weblink Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, May 7, 2012, WEB,weblink Oxford Analytica,weblink" title="">weblink April 24, 2007, July 17, 2013, and is often identified as an emerging global power.WEB,weblink G8: Despite Differences, Mexico Comfortable as Emerging Power, June 5, 2007,,weblink" title="">weblink August 16, 2008, dead, May 30, 2010, Due to its rich culture and history, Mexico ranks first in the Americas and seventh in the world for number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.WEB,weblink UNESCO World Heritage Centre â€” World Heritage List, UNESCO, May 25, 2012, WEB,weblink Mexico's World Heritage Sites Photographic Exhibition at UN Headquarters,, May 30, 2010, Table of World Heritage Sites by country Mexico is an ecologically megadiverse country, ranking fifth in the world for its biodiversity.WEB,weblink Mexican biodiversity, What is a mega-diverse country?, July 13, 2019, Mexico receives a huge number of tourists every year: in 2018, it was the sixth most-visited country in the world, with 39 million international arrivals.WEB,weblink México ocupa el sexto lugar en turismo a nivel mundial,, CNN Expansión, January 8, 2019, August 28, 2018, Mexico is a member of the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the G8+5, the G20, the Uniting for Consensus group of the UN, and the Pacific Alliance trade bloc.


File:CodexMendoza01.jpg|thumb|left|Depiction of the founding myth of Mexico-Tenochtitlan from the Codex MendozaCodex Mendoza
is the Nahuatl term for the heartland of the Aztec Empire, namely the Valley of Mexico and surrounding territories, with its people being known as the Mexica. The terms are plainly linked; it is generally believed that the toponym for the valley was the origin of the primary ethnonym for the Aztec Triple Alliance, but it may have been the other way around.BOOK, William Bright, Native American Placenames of the United States,weblink 2004, University of Oklahoma Press, 978-0-8061-3598-4, 281, In the colonial era, back when Mexico was called New Spain, this territory became the Intendency of Mexico. After New Spain achieved independence from the Spanish Empire, said territory came to be known as the State of Mexico, with the new country being named after its capital: Mexico City, which itself was founded in 1524 on top of the ancient Mexica capital of Mexico-Tenochtitlan.
Traditionally, the name was believed to come from Nahuatl {{IPA-nah|ˈtetɬ|}} ("rock") and {{IPA-nah|ˈnoːtʃtɬi|}} ("prickly pear") and is often thought to mean "Among the prickly pears [growing among] rocks". However, one attestation in the late 16th-century manuscript known as "the Bancroft dialogues" suggests the second vowel was short, so that the true etymology remains uncertain.Frances Karttunen (1983) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl p.225, Texas Linguistic Series, University of Texas, Austin {{ISBN|978-0-2927-0365-0}}; {{oclc|230535203}}The suffix is the Nahuatl locative, making the word Mexico a place name. Beyond that, the etymology is uncertain. It has been suggested that it is derived from or , a secret name for the god of war and patron of the Mexica, Huitzilopochtli, in which case means "place where Huitzilopochtli lives".BOOK, Aguilar-Moreno, Manuel, Handbook to Life in the Aztec World, 2006, Facts of Life, 978-0-8160-5673-6, 19,weblink Another hypothesis suggests that derives from a portmanteau of the Nahuatl words for "moon" () and navel (). This meaning ("at the navel of the moon") might refer to Tenochtitlan's position in the middle of Lake Texcoco. The system of interconnected lakes, of which Texcoco formed the center, had the form of a rabbit, which the Mesoamericans pareidolically associated with the moon rabbit. Still another hypothesis suggests that the word is derived from , the name of the goddess of maguey.WEB, Nombre del Estado de México, Spanish, Government of the State of Mexico,weblink October 3, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink April 27, 2007, The name of the city-state was transliterated to Spanish as with the phonetic value of the letter in Medieval Spanish, which represented the voiceless postalveolar fricative {{IPA|[ʃ]}}. This sound, as well as the voiced postalveolar fricative {{IPA|[Ê’]}}, represented by a , evolved into a voiceless velar fricative {{IPA|[x]}} during the 16th century. This led to the use of the variant in many publications in Spanish, most notably in Spain, whereas in Mexico and most other Spanish–speaking countries, was the preferred spelling. In recent years, the Real Academia Española, which regulates the Spanish language, determined that both variants are acceptable in Spanish but that the normative recommended spelling is .WEB,weblink Real Academia Española â€” Diccionario de la lengua española â€” Diccionario panhispánico de dudas â€” Aviso actualización enlaces,, The majority of publications in all Spanish-speaking countries now adhere to the new norm, even though the alternative variant is still occasionally used.{{citation|url=|title=Mexico|website=Real Academia de la Lengua|accessdate=July 13, 2019}} In English, the 'x' in Mexico represents neither the original nor the current sound, but the consonant cluster {{IPA|[ks]}}.The official name of the country has changed as the form of government has changed. The declaration of independence signed on November 6, 1813 by the deputies of the Congress of Anáhuac called the territory América Septentrional (Northern America). On two occasions (1821–1823 and 1863–1867), the country was known as (Mexican Empire). All three federal constitutions (1824, 1857 and 1917, the current constitution) used the name WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink November 1, 2008, El cambio de la denominación de "Estados Unidos Mexicanos" por la de "México" en la Constitución Federal,, November 4, 2009, —or the variant ,WEB,weblink Constitución Mexicana de 1857,, May 30, 2010, all of which have been translated as "United Mexican States". The phrase , "Mexican Republic", was used in the 1836 Constitutional Laws.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, July 23, 2012, Leyes Constitucionales de 1836,, November 29, 2010, July 17, 2013,


{{See also|History of Roman Catholicism in Mexico|Economic history of Mexico|History of Mexico City}}

Pre-Columbian Mexico

File:Baja California Sur.jpg|thumb|Cave art painting occurred about 7,500 years old in Baja California Peninsula. Culturally and geographically very distinct from Mesoamerica, indigenous peoples inhabited the region since the end of the PleistocenePleistoceneThe earliest human artifacts in Mexico are chips of stone tools found near campfire remains in the Valley of Mexico and radiocarbon-dated to circa 10,000 years ago.BOOK, Michael S. Werner, Concise Encyclopedia of Mexico,weblink January 2001, Taylor & Francis, 978-1-57958-337-8, 386–, Mexico is the site of the domestication of maize, tomato, and beans, which produced an agricultural surplus. This enabled the transition from paleo-Indian hunter-gatherers to sedentary agricultural villages beginning around 5000 BC.BOOK, Susan Toby Evans, David L. Webster, Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia,weblink 2013, Routledge, 978-1-136-80186-0, 54, In the subsequent formative eras, maize cultivation and cultural traits such as a mythological and religious complex, and a vigesimal numeric system, were diffused from the Mexican cultures to the rest of the Mesoamerican culture area.BOOK, Colin M. MacLachlan, Imperialism and the Origins of Mexican Culture,weblink Harvard University Press, 978-0-674-28643-6, 39, April 13, 2015, In this period, villages became more dense in terms of population, becoming socially stratified with an artisan class, and developing into chiefdoms. The most powerful rulers had religious and political power, organizing the construction of large ceremonial centers developed.Carmack, Robert; et al. (1996). The Legacy of Mesoamerica: History and Culture of a Native American Civilization. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.The earliest complex civilization in Mexico was the Olmec culture, which flourished on the Gulf Coast from around 1500 BC. Olmec cultural traits diffused through Mexico into other formative-era cultures in Chiapas, Oaxaca and the Valley of Mexico. The formative period saw the spread of distinct religious and symbolic traditions, as well as artistic and architectural complexes.Diehl, Richard A. (2004). The Olmecs : America's First Civilization. London: Thames and Hudson. pp. 9–25. The formative-era of Mesoamerica is considered one of the six independent cradles of civilization.WEB,weblink Mapscaping, July 14, 2019, MAPPED: THE 6 CRADLES OF CIVILIZATION, May 30, 2018, File:15-07-13-Teotihuacan-RalfR-WMA 0257.jpg|thumb|left|View of the Pyramid of the Moon and entrance to the Quetzalpapálotl Palace. During its peak in the Classic era, Teotihuacán dominated the Valley of Mexico and exerted political and cultural influence in other areas, such as in the Petén Basin.]] In the subsequent pre-classical period, the Maya and Zapotec civilizations developed complex centers at Calakmul and Monte Albán, respectively. During this period the first true Mesoamerican writing systems were developed in the Epi-Olmec and the Zapotec cultures. The Mesoamerican writing tradition reached its height in the Classic Maya Hieroglyphic script.Sampson, Geoffrey; Writing Systems: A Linguistic Introduction, Hutchinson (London), 1985.In Central Mexico, the height of the classic period saw the ascendancy of Teotihuacán, which formed a military and commercial empire whose political influence stretched south into the Maya area as well as north. Teotihuacan, with a population of more than 150,000 people, had some of the largest pyramidal structures in the pre-Columbian Americas.JOURNAL, Cowgill, George, George Cowgill, 1997, State and Society at Teotihuacan, Mexico, Annual Review of Anthropology, 26, 1, 129–161, 10.1146/annurev.anthro.26.1.129, 0084-6570, 202300854, After the collapse of Teotihuacán around 600 AD, competition ensued between several important political centers in central Mexico such as Xochicalco and Cholula. At this time, during the Epi-Classic, Nahua peoples began moving south into Mesoamerica from the North, and became politically and culturally dominant in central Mexico, as they displaced speakers of Oto-Manguean languages.

Post-classic period (ca. 1000–1519 AD)

File:Templo Mayor 50.jpg|thumb|left|Mexico-Tenochtitlan Templo MayorTemplo MayorDuring the early post-classic, Central Mexico was dominated by the Toltec culture, Oaxaca by the Mixtec, and the lowland Maya area had important centers at Chichén Itzá and Mayapán.Toward the end of the post-Classic period, the Mexica established dominance, establishing a political and economic empire based in the city of Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City), extending from central Mexico to the border with Guatemala.WEB, Ancient Civilizations World, Ancient Civilizations of Mexico,weblink January 12, 2017, July 14, 2019, Alexander von Humboldt popularized the modern usage of "Aztec" as a collective term applied to all the people linked by trade, custom, religion, and language to the Mexica state and Ēxcān Tlahtōlōyān, the Triple Alliance.WEB,weblink, The word "Azteca" was NOT created by Von Humboldt!, July 13, 2019, May 31, 2014, In 1843, with the publication of the work of William H. Prescott, it was adopted by most of the world, including 19th-century Mexican scholars who considered it a way to distinguish present-day Mexicans from pre-conquest Mexicans. This usage has been the subject of debate since the late 20th century.WEB,,weblink 2000, Aztecas, disquisiciones sobre un gentilicio, Miguel Leon Portilla, 6, The Aztec empire was an informal or hegemonic empire because it did not exert supreme authority over the conquered lands; it was satisfied with the payment of tributes from them. It was a discontinuous empire because not all dominated territories were connected; for example, the southern peripheral zones of Xoconochco were not in direct contact with the center. The hegemonic nature of the Aztec empire was demonstrated by their restoration of local rulers to their former position after their city-state was conquered. The Aztec did not interfere in local affairs, as long as the tributes were paid.Berdan, et al. (1996), Aztec Imperial Strategies. Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC{{page needed|date=February 2011}}File:Murales Rivera - Markt in Tlatelolco 3.jpg|thumb|1945 Mural by Diego Rivera depicting the view from the Tlatelolco markets into Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the largest city in the Americas at the time.]]The Aztec of Central Mexico built a tributary empire covering most of central Mexico.BOOK, Coe, Michael D., Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz, 2002, Mexico: from the Olmecs to the Aztecs, 5th edition, revised and enlarged, Thames & Hudson, London and New York, 978-0-500-28346-2, 50131575, The Aztec were noted for practicing human sacrifice on a large scale. Along with this practice, they avoided killing enemies on the battlefield. Their warring casualty rate was far lower than that of their Spanish counterparts, whose principal objective was immediate slaughter during battle.WEB,weblink The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice, December 16, 2011, Natural History (magazine), Natural History, This distinct Mesoamerican cultural tradition of human sacrifice ended with the gradually Spanish conquest in the 16th century. Over the next centuries many other Mexican indigenous cultures were conquered and gradually subjected to Spanish colonial rule.BOOK, Weaver, Muriel Porter, 1993, The Aztecs, Maya, and Their Predecessors: Archaeology of Mesoamerica, 3rd, San Diego, CA, Academic Press, 978-0-12-739065-9, 25832740,weblink

Conquest of the Aztec Triple Alliance (1519–1521)

{{Further|Spanish conquest of Mexico}}File:Cortez & La Malinche.jpg|thumb|left|Depict of Hernán Cortés and La Malinche meeting Moctezuma II from the Lienzo de Tlaxcala, created c. 1550 by the Tlaxcalans to remind the Spanish of their loyalty and the importance of Tlaxcala during the conquest.]]The Spanish first learned of Mexico during the Juan de Grijalva expedition of 1518. The natives kept "repeating: Colua, Colua, and Mexico, Mexico, but we [explorers] did not know what Colua or Mexico meant", until encountering Montezuma's governor at the mouth of the Rio de las Banderas.Diaz, B., 1963, The Conquest of New Spain, London: Penguin Books, {{ISBN|0140441239}}{{rp|33–36}} The Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire began in February 1519 when Hernán Cortés arrived at the port in Veracruz with ca. 500 conquistadores. After taking control of that city, he moved on to the Aztec capital. In his search for gold and other riches, Cortés decided to invade and conquer the Aztec empire.BOOK, Hassig, Ross, Ross Hassig, 2006, Mexico and the Spanish Conquest, 2nd, Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 978-0-8061-3793-3, 64594483,weblink When the Spaniards arrived, the ruler of the Aztec empire was Moctezuma II, who was later killed. His successor and brother Cuitláhuac took control of the Aztec empire, but was among the first to fall from the first smallpox epidemic in the area a short time later.BOOK, True Peters, Stephanie, Smallpox in the New World, 2004, Marshall Cavendish, 978-0-7614-1637-1,weblink i Unintentionally introduced by Spanish conquerors, among whom smallpox was endemic, the infectious disease ravaged Mesoamerica in the 1520s. It killed more than 3 million natives as they had no immunity.NEWS, Flight, Colette, Smallpox: Eradicating the Scourge,weblink December 30, 2011, BBC News {{!, History|date=February 17, 2011}} Other sources, however, mentioned that the death toll of the Aztecs might have reached 15 million (out of a population of less than 30 million) although such a high number conflicts with the 350,000 Aztecs who ruled an empire of 5 million or 10 million.BOOK, Koplow, David A., Smallpox: The Fight to Eradicate a Global Scourge, 2003, University of California Press, 978-0-520-23732-2, 270,weblink Severely weakened, the Aztec empire was easily defeated by Cortés and his forces on his second return with the help of state of Tlaxcala whose population estimate was 300,000.WEB, Smallpox: Conquered Killer,weblink National Geographic, December 30, 2011, December 2, 2009, The native population declined 80–90% by 1600 to 1–2.5 million. Any population estimate of pre-Columbian Mexico is bound to be a guess but 8–12 million is often suggested for the area encompassed by the modern nation.File:Leutze, Emanuel — Storming of the Teocalli by Cortez and His Troops — 1848.jpg|thumb|Storming of the Teocalli by Cortés and his troops. Emanuel LeutzeEmanuel LeutzeSmallpox was a devastating disease: it generally killed Aztecs but not Spaniards, who as Europeans had already been exposed to it in their cities for centuries and therefore had developed acquired immunity.BOOK, Sherman, Irwin W., The power of plagues, 2006, American Society for Microbiology, 978-1-55581-356-7, 431,weblink The deaths caused by smallpox are believed to have triggered a rapid growth of Christianity in Mexico and the Americas. At first, the Aztecs believed the epidemic was a punishment from an angry god, but they later accepted their fate and no longer resisted the Spanish rule.BOOK, Torrence, Paul F., Antiviral drug discovery for emerging diseases and bioterrorism threats, 2005, Wiley-Interscience, 978-0-471-66827-5, 428,weblink Many of the surviving Aztecs believed that smallpox could be credited to the superiority of the Christian god, which resulted in their acceptance of Catholicism and yielding to the Spanish rule throughout Mexico.BOOK, Robertson, Roland G., Rotting face: smallpox and the American Indian, 2001, Caxton Press, 978-0-87004-419-9, 329,weblink The territory became part of the Spanish Empire under the name of New Spain in 1535.BOOK,weblink 324, Shaping the Developing World: The West, the South, and the Natural World, 9781483311081, Baker, Andy, 2013, Mexico City was systematically rebuilt by Cortés following the Fall of Tenochtitlan in 1521. Much of the identity, traditions and architecture of Mexico developed during the 286-year colonial period.BOOK, Gibson, Charles, Charles Gibson (historian), 1964, The Aztecs Under Spanish Rule: A History of the Indians of the Valley of Mexico, 1519–1810, Reprinted 1976, Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press, 978-0-8047-0196-9, 190295,weblink

Viceroyalty of New Spain (1521–1821)

File:Estatua ecuestre de Carlos IV.jpg|thumb|left|Equestrian statue of Charles IV, Mexico City, Manuel Tolsá. The Spanish Monarch was the maximum authority in New Spain and ruled via a viceroy.]]The capture of Tenochtitlan and refounding of Mexico City in 1521 was the beginning of a 286-year-long colonial era during which Mexico was known as Nueva España (New Spain). The Kingdom of New Spain was created from the remnants of the Aztec hegemonic empire. In 1524, King Charles I created the Council of the Indies to rule the country and to limit Hernán Cortés's power, but three years later power was transferred to a court known as the Real Audiencia.WEB, July 13, 2019,weblink The History Files, New Spain, AD 1535 - 1821, Subsequent enlargements, such as the conquest of the Tarascan state, resulted in the creation of the Viceroyalty of New Spain in 1535. The Viceroyalty at its greatest extent included the territories of modern Mexico, Central America as far south as Costa Rica, and the western United States. The Viceregal capital Mexico City also administrated the Spanish West Indies (the Caribbean), the Spanish East Indies (the Philippines), and Spanish Florida.The indigenous population stabilized around one to one and a half million individuals in the 17th century from the most commonly accepted five to thirty million pre-contact population.WEB, July 13, 2019,weblink University of, The Peopling of Mexico from Origins to Revolution, McCaa, Robert, December 8, 1997, The population decline, perhaps between 50%-85% at its height, was primarily the result of communicable diseases, particularly smallpox, introduced during the Columbian Exchange, although some scholars blame the harsh rule and slavery. During the three hundred years of the colonial era, Mexico received between 400,000 and 500,000 Europeans,BOOK, Sluyter, Andrew, Black Ranching Frontiers: African Cattle Herders of the Atlantic World, 1500–1900, 2012, Yale University Press, 9780300179927, 240,weblink October 8, 2016, between 200,000 and 250,000 African slaves.BOOK, Russell, James W., Class and Race Formation in North America, University of Toronto Press, 9780802096784, 26,weblink December 13, 2016, en, 2009, and between 40,000 and 120,000 Asians.WEB, Carrillo, Rubén, Asia llega a América. Migración e influencia cultural asiática en Nueva España (1565–1815),weblink, Asiadémica, December 13, 2016, The 18th century saw a great increase in the percentage of mestizos.The Penguin Atlas of World Population History, pp. 291–92.File:Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1772).jpg|upright|thumb|Portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la CruzJuana Inés de la CruzColonial law with Spanish roots was introduced and attached to native customs creating a hierarchy between local jurisdiction (the Cabildos) and the Spanish Crown. Upper administrative offices were closed to native-born people, even those of pure Spanish blood (criollos). Administration was based on the racial separation, among "Republics" of Spaniards, Amerindians and castas, autonomous and directly dependent on the king himself.{{citation|website=Shmoop|url=|title=SPANISH COLONIZATION SUMMARY & ANALYSIS|accessdate=July 14, 2019|date=2019}}File:Guanajuato night.JPG|thumb|left|Guanajuato City became the world's leading silver producer in the 18th century as a result of the veta madre.]]The Council of Indies and the mendicant religious orders, which arrived in Mesoamerica as early as 1524, labored to generate capital for the crown of Spain and convert the Amerindian populations to Catholicism. The 1531 Marian apparitions to Saint Juan Diego gave impetus to the evangelization of central Mexico.{{citation|website=Catholic News Agency |url=|title=God intervened through Our Lady of Guadalupe to evangelize the Americas, explains Guadalupe expert|date=Aug 11, 2009|accessdate=July 14, 2019}}{{citation|website=Huff Post Latino Voices|url=|title=Everything You Need To Know About La Virgen De Guadalupe|date=December 12, 2013|accessdate=July 14, 2019}} The Virgin of Guadalupe became a symbol of criollo patriotismBOOK, Ortiz-Ramirez, Eduardo A., The Virgin of Guadalupe and Mexican Nationalism: Expressions of Criollo Patriotism in Colonial Images of the Virgin of Guadalupe, ProQuest, 9780549596509, 6,weblink February 9, 2017, en, and was used by the insurgents who followed Miguel Hidalgo during the War of Independence. Some Crypto-Jewish families emigrated to Mexico to escape the Spanish Inquisition.{{citation needed|date=July 2019}}File:San Juan de ulúa.JPG|thumb|left|San Juan de UlúaSan Juan de UlúaThe rich deposits of silver, particularly in Zacatecas and Guanajuato, resulted in silver extraction dominating the economy of New Spain. Taxes on silver production became a major source of income for Spain. Other important industries were the haciendas (functioning under the encomienda and repartimiento systems) and mercantile activities in the main cities and ports.{{citation|website=Global |url=|title=Economy of New Spain|date=July 9, 2011|accessdate=July 14, 2019}} Wealth created during the colonial era spurred the development of New Spanish Baroque.{{citation needed|date=July 2019}}As a result of its trade links with Asia, the rest of the Americas, Africa and Europe and the profound effect of New World silver, central Mexico was one of the first regions to be incorporated into a globalized economy. Being at the crossroads of trade, people and cultures, Mexico City has been called the "first world city".WEB, Sempa, Francis P., China, Spanish America, and the 'Birth of Globalization',weblink The Diplomat, February 7, 2017, Mexico City, the authors [Peter Gordon, Juan Jose Morales] note, was the 'first world city,' the precursor to London, New York, and Hong Kong, where 'Asia, Europe, and the Americas all met, and where people intermingled and exchanged everything from genes to textiles'., The Nao de China (Manila Galleons) operated for two and a half centuries and connected New Spain with Asia. Goods were taken from Veracruz to Atlantic ports in the Americas and Spain. Veracruz was also the main port of entry in mainland New Spain for European goods, immigrants, and African slaves. The Camino Real de Tierra Adentro connected Mexico City with the interior of New Spain. Mexican silver pesos became the first globally used currency and the silver mined in Mexico were used to run commerce and wage crusades in two sides of globe, at the Mediterranean, where Spain fought against the Ottoman Caliphate, and at Southeast Asia where the Philippines fought against the Brunei Sultanate.{{citation needed|date=July 2019}}Due to the importance of New Spain administrative base, Mexico was the location of the first printing shop (1539),WEB, Latino Book Review,weblink First Printing Press in the Americas was Established in Mexico, July 14, 2019, 2019, first university (1551),NEWS, Vallarta Daily News,weblink UNIVERSITY OF MEXICO IS THE OLDEST UNIVERSITY IN NORTH AMERICA, July 14, 2019, September 15, 2014, first public park (1592),WEB, City Express blog, Mexico City's Alameda Central: the inspiration behind NYC's Central Park?,weblink July 14, 2019, September 15, 2014, and first public library (1640) in the Americas,WEB, Latino Book Review,weblink Oldest Public Library in the Americas is in Mexico, July 14, 2019, 2019, among other institutions. Important artists of the colonial period, include the writers Juan Ruiz de Alarcón and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, painters Cristóbal de Villalpando and Miguel Cabrera, and architect Manuel Tolsá. The Academy of San Carlos (1781) was the first major school and museum of art in the Americas.WEB, Mexico es Cultura,weblink Academy of San CarlosAndrés Manuel del Río Fernández discovered the element vanadium in 1801.CHEMICOOL PERIODIC TABLETITLE=VANADIUM ELEMENT FACTSACCESSDATE=JULY 14, 2019, Spanish forces, sometimes accompanied by native allies, led expeditions to conquer territory or quell rebellions through the colonial era. Notable Amerindian revolts in sporadically populated northern New Spain include the Chichimeca War (1576–1606),WEB, Latino LA: Comunidad, The Indigenous People of Zacatecas,weblink July 17, 2003, July 14, 2019, Schmal, John P., Tepehuán Revolt (1616–1620),JOURNAL, The Tepehuan Revolt of 1616: Militarism, Evangelism, and Colonialism in Seventeenth-Century Nueva Vizcaya, The Americas, 58, 2, 302–303, Charlotte M. Gradie, Salt Lake City, University of Utah Press, 2000, 10.1353/tam.2001.0109, and the Pueblo Revolt (1680). To protect Mexico from the attacks of English, French, and Dutch pirates and protect the Crown's monopoly of revenue, only two ports were open to foreign trade—Veracruz on the Atlantic and Acapulco on the Pacific. Among the best-known pirate attacks are the 1663 Sack of CampecheWEB, In Search of Lost Places, Campeche, Mexico – largest pirate attack in history, now UNESCO listed, January 31, 2017, July 14, 2019, White, Benjamin,weblink and 1683 Attack on Veracruz.WEB, University of Rochester Newsletter, The mysterious aftermath of an infamous pirate raid,weblink December 13, 2017, July 14, 2019, Sandra, Knispel, Many Mexican cultural features including tequila,WEB,, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORY OF TEQUILA,weblink Anna, Archibald, July 27, 2015, July 14, 2019, first distilled in the 16th century, charreria (17th),WEB, Charro Azteca, A brief History of Charrerialast=Galvezaccessdate=July 14, 2019mariachi (18th) and Mexican cuisine, a fusion Indigenous peoples of the Americas>of American and European (particularly Spanish) cuisine, arose during the colonial era.

War of Independence (1810–1821)

File:Miguel Hidalgo.png|thumb|left|upright|Miguel Hidalgo y CostillaMiguel Hidalgo y CostillaOn September 16, 1810, a "loyalist revolt" against the ruling junta was declared by priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato.WEB, Miguel Hidalgo Biography, Catholic Encyclopedia,weblink September 30, 2007, This event, known as the Cry of Dolores (Spanish: Grito de Dolores) is commemorated each year, on September 16, as Mexico's independence day.WEB,weblink Grito de Dolores, Encyclopaedia Britannica, September 12, 2018, The first insurgent group was formed by Hidalgo, the Spanish viceregal army captain Ignacio Allende, the militia captain Juan Aldama and La Corregidora (English: "The Magistrate") Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez. Hidalgo and some of his soldiers were captured and executed by firing squad in Chihuahua, on July 31, 1811.BOOK, Angel Miranda Basurto, La Evolucíon de Mėxico, Editorial Porrúa, 2002, Mexico City, 6th, 970-07-3678-4, 358, Spanish, The Evolution of Mexico, {{rp|17–27}}Following Hidalgo's death, the leadership was assumed by Ignacio López Rayón and then by the priest José María Morelos, who occupied key southern cities with the support of Mariano Matamoros and Nicolás Bravo.{{rp|35–37}} In one notable incident, Nicolas Bravo captured 200 royalist soldiers, whom Morelos ordered should be executed in revenge of the murder of Bravo's father. In an act of mercy, Bravo instead pardoned the prisoners, most of whom then joined the insurgent cause.{{rp|40–41}} In 1813 the Congress of Chilpancingo was convened and, on November 6, signed the "Solemn Act of the Declaration of Independence of Northern America". This Act also abolished slavery and the caste system.{{rp|44–50}} Morelos was captured and executed on December 22, 1815.{{rp|46}}File:Abrazo de Acatempan.JPG|thumb|Depiction of the Abrazo de Acatempan between Agustín de Iturbide, left, and Vicente GuerreroVicente GuerreroIn subsequent years, the insurgency was near collapse, but in 1820 Viceroy Juan Ruiz de Apodaca sent an army under the criollo general Agustín de Iturbide against the troops of Vicente Guerrero. Instead, Iturbide approached Guerrero to join forces, and on August 24, 1821 representatives of the Spanish Crown and Iturbide signed the "Treaty of Córdoba" and the "Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire", which recognized the independence of Mexico under the terms of the "Plan of Iguala".{{rp|53–80}}Mexico's short recovery after the War of Independence was soon cut short again by the civil wars, foreign invasion and occupation, and institutional instability of the mid-19th century, which lasted until the government of Porfirio Díaz reestablished conditions that paved the way for economic growth. The conflicts that arose from the mid-1850s had a profound effect because they were widespread and made themselves perceptible in the vast rural areas of the countries, involved clashes between castes, different ethnic groups, and haciendas, and entailed a deepening of the political and ideological divisions between republicans and monarchists.BOOK, Baten, Jörg, A History of the Global Economy. From 1500 to the Present, 2016, Cambridge University Press, 133, 9781107507180,weblink

First Empire and First Republic (1821–1846)

File:Mexico's Territorial Evolution.png|thumb|The territorial evolution of Mexico after independence, noting the secession of Central America (purple), Chiapas annexed from Guatemala (blue), losses to the U.S. (red, white and orange) and the reannexation of the Republic of YucatánRepublic of YucatánAgustín de Iturbide became constitutional emperor of the First Mexican Empire in 1822.{{rp|87–88}} A revolt against him in 1823 established the United Mexican States. In 1824, a Republican Constitution was drafted and Guadalupe Victoria became the first president of the newly born country.{{rp|94–95}} Central America, including Chiapas, left the union. In 1829 president Guerrero abolished slavery.WEB,weblink Ways of ending slavery, Encyclopædia Britannica, The first decades of the post-independence period were marked by a chronic economic instability, which led to the first French invasion in 1836. There was constant strife between Liberals, supporters of a federal form of government, and Conservatives, who proposed a hierarchical form of government.{{rp|101–115, 125–127}}During this period, the frontier borderlands from north to south, including Jalisco and Yucatan, became quite isolated from the government in Mexico City, and its lack of an industrial base and monopolistic economic policies caused suffering.{{rp|88–89}} With limited trade, the people had difficulty meeting tax payments and resented the central government's actions in collecting customs. Resentment built up from California to Texas. Both the mission system and the presidios had collapsed after the Spanish withdrew from the colony, causing great disruption especially in Alta California and New Mexico. The people in the borderlands had to raise local militias to protect themselves from hostile Native Americans.{{rp|128–129}} These areas developed in different directions from the center of the country.David J. Weber, The Mexican Frontier, 1821–1846: The American Southwest under Mexico, University of New Mexico Press, 1982Wanting to stabilize and develop the frontier, Mexico encouraged immigration into present-day Texas, as they were unable to persuade people from central Mexico to move into those areas. They allowed for religious freedom for the new settlers, who were primarily Protestant English speakers from the United States. Within several years, the Anglos far outnumbered the Tejano in the area. Itinerant traders traveled through the area, working by free-market principles. The Tejano grew more separate from the government and due to its neglect, many supported the idea of independence and joined movements to that end, collaborating with the English-speaking Americans.General Antonio López de Santa Anna, a centralist and two-time dictator, approved the Siete Leyes (Seven Laws) in 1836, a radical amendment that institutionalized the centralized form of government. When he suspended the 1824 Constitution, civil war spread across the country. Three new governments declared independence: the Republic of Texas, the Republic of the Rio Grande and the Republic of Yucatán.{{rp|129–137}}

Second Republic and Second Empire (1846–1867)

File:BenitoJuarez.jpg|thumb|upright|Benito Juárez, 26th President of Mexico and implanter of La ReformaLa ReformaThe 1846 United States annexation of the Republic of Texas and subsequent American military incursion into territory that was part of Coahuila (also claimed by Texas) instigated the Mexican–American War. 26,922 regular U.S. soldiers and 73,260 volunteers served at some time during the war;WEB,, A Call to Arms,weblink July 18, 2019, including those killed and wounded in action and killed by disease, total U.S. have been over 27,000.{{rp|156}} The Mexican army was comparable in size, although its soldiers were poorly equipped, poorly trained, and poorly organized. Major battles were fought in Monterrey, Buena Vista, Veracruz, Cerro Gordo, Padierna, and the military academy at Chapultepec. Hundreds of civilians were killed during the three-day bombardment of VeracruzWEB, Gobierno de Mexico, Un día como hoy, pero de 1847, fuerzas invasoras norteamericanas toman el puerto de Veracruz, July 18, 2019,weblink Spanish, A day like today, but in 1847, invading North American forces took the port of Veracruz, Six teenage cadets were killed during the final defense of Mexico City at Chapultepec. The war was settled in 1848 via the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.{{rp|154}} Mexico was forced to give up more than one-third of its land ({{cvt|2,378,000|sqkm}}) to the U.S., including Alta California, Santa Fe de Nuevo México and the territory claimed by Texas.{{rp|156}} A much smaller transfer of territory in what is today southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico—known as the Gadsden Purchase—occurred in 1854.JOURNAL, McCarthy, Robert J., Executive Authority, Adaptive Treaty Interpretation, And The International Boundary And Water Commission, US â€” Mexico, University of Denver Water Law Review, Spring 2011, 197, 1839903, The Caste War of Yucatán, the Maya uprising that began in 1847, was one of the most successful modern Native American revolts.BOOK, Nicholas A. Robins, Adam Jones, Genocides by the Oppressed: Subaltern Genocide in Theory and Practice,weblink July 17, 2013, 2009, Indiana University Press, 978-0-253-22077-6, 50, BOOK, Nelson A., Reed, The Caste War of Yucatán,weblink July 17, 2013, 2001, Stanford University Press, 978-0-8047-4001-2, Maya rebels, or Cruzob, maintained relatively independent enclaves in the peninsula until the 1930s.BOOK, Chandler, Gary, Prado, Liza, Moon Cancun and Cozumel: Including the Riviera Maya,weblink Avalon Travel, 2007, 272, 978-1-56691-780-3, Dissatisfaction with Santa Anna's return to power led to the liberal "Plan of Ayutla", initiating an era known as La Reforma ("The Reform"). The new Constitution drafted in 1857 established a secular state, federalism as the form of government, civil marriage, freedom of the press, and educational freedom (lay education).NEWS, Milenio, Mexico City, ALFONSO TORRES HERNÁNDEZ, Spanish, Juárez y la libertad de enseñanza, March 18, 2015, Juarez and educational freedom, {{rp|191}} As the Conservatives refused to recognize it, the Reform War began in 1858, during which both groups had their own governments. The war ended in 1861 with victory by the Liberals, led by president Benito Juárez,{{rp|195}} who was an ethnic Zapotec.By 1861, 91% of the government's income was destined for payment of the foreign debt or maintenance of the army, leaving only 9% for everything else. Juarez decided to suspend debt payments for two years, prompting England, France, and Spain to agree to military intervention. Juarez negotiated with representatives of the three countries after they occupied the port of Veracruz until a French warship arrived and the captain announced they intended to overthrow the elected president and install conservative Juan Almonte as president. Upon learning this the French and English ships withdrew, but the French decided to advance on the city of Puebla.{{rp|203–206}} General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the invaders at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862,{{rp|207}} which is widely celebrated as the Cinco de Mayo holiday in both Mexico and the United States.NEWS, Independent, London,weblink What is Cinco de Mayo, why do people celebrate it, and why is it significant in 2019?, May 2, 2019, July 18, 2019, Clint Mindock, Following this French defeat, emperor Napoleon III sent 50,000 reinforcements and on March 16, 1863 fought a second battle in Puebla, easily defeating the Mexican army led by Jesús González Ortega.{{rp|208}}Juarez was forced to retreat north, and the conservatives offered a throne to Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Austria. Maximilian established the Second Mexican Empire in 1864, quickly surrounding himself with liberals and adopting many of the policies of the Reforma. Meanwhile, Napoleon III feared a European war and withdrew his troops in 1866. The Republicans were able to defeat the empire, and Maximilian was captured and executed in Querétaro on June 19, 1867.{{rp|208–217}}

Porfiriato (1876–1911)

File:Angel de la Independencia, Cd. de México. (16939220294).jpg|thumb|left|Angel of IndependenceAngel of IndependencePorfirio Díaz, a republican general during the French intervention, was elected the 29th president in 1876. The 1880 election was won by Manuel González Flores. Díaz was reelected in 1884 and ruled until 1911. The period, known as the Porfiriato, was characterized by economic stability and growth, significant foreign investment and influence, investments in the arts and sciences and an expansion of the railroad network and telecommunications.WEB, Inside,weblink El Porfiriato en Mexico, February 2, 2018, July 18, 2019, Adela M. Olvera, Spanish, The Porfiriato in Mexico]], The period was concurrent with the Gilded Age in the U.S. and Belle Époque in France and was also marked by economic inequality, and political repression. The economy has been described as semi-colonial, as foreign (mostly British and American) investment was encouraged at the expense of the Mexican people and land was controlled by local caciques (petty tyrants).{{rp|265–271}}Díaz ruled with a group of confidants that became known as the científicos ("scientists"). The most influential cientifco was Secretary of Finance José Yves Limantour. The Porfirian regime was influenced by positivism.WEB, cientifico,weblink Encyclopædia Britannica, February 7, 2017, en, They rejected theology and idealism in favor of scientific methods being applied towards national development. Various iconic buildings and monuments were initiated by Díaz, including the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Palacio de Correos de Mexico, Monumento a la Independencia and the Palacio Legislativo (which became the Monumento a la Revolución).

Mexican Revolution (1910–1920)

{{Further|Mexican Revolution}}File:Madero en Cuernavaca.jpg|thumb|Francisco I. Madero with Emiliano Zapata, in Cuernavaca during the Mexican RevolutionMexican RevolutionPresident Díaz announced in 1908 that he would retire in 1911, resulting in the development of new coalitions. But then he ran for reelection anyway and in a show of U.S. support, Díaz and William Howard Taft planned a summit in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, for October 16, 1909, an historic first meeting between a Mexican and a U.S. president and also the first time an American president would cross the border into Mexico.BOOK, Harris, Charles H. III, Sadler, Louis R., The Secret War in El Paso: Mexican Revolutionary Intrigue, 1906–1920, 2009, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1–17; 213, 978-0-8263-4652-0,weblink Both sides agreed that the disputed Chamizal strip connecting El Paso to Ciudad Juárez would be considered neutral territory with no flags present during the summit, but the meeting focused attention on this territory and resulted in assassination threats and other serious security concerns.On the day of the summit, Frederick Russell Burnham, the celebrated scout, and Private C.R. Moore, a Texas Ranger, discovered a man holding a concealed palm pistol standing at the El Paso Chamber of Commerce building along the procession route, and they disarmed the assassin within only a few feet of Díaz and Taft. Both presidents were unharmed and the summit was held. Díaz was re-elected in 1910, but alleged electoral fraud forced him into exile in France and sparked the 1910 Mexican Revolution, initially led by Francisco I. Madero.Madero was elected president but overthrown and murdered in a coup d'état two years later directed by conservative general Victoriano Huerta. That event re-ignited the civil war, involving figures such as Francisco Villa and Emiliano Zapata, who formed their own forces. A third force, the constitutional army led by Venustiano Carranza managed to bring an end to the war, and radically amended the 1857 Constitution to include many of the social premises and demands of the revolutionaries into what was eventually called the 1917 Constitution. It is estimated that the war killed 900,000 of the 1910 population of 15 million.WEB,weblink The Mexican Revolution, Public Broadcasting Service, November 20, 1910, July 17, 2013, WEB,weblink Missing millions: the human cost of the Mexican Revolution, Robert McCaa, University of Minnesota Population Center, July 17, 2013, U.S.interference in the internal affairs of Mexico was notorious. American troops were sent to put down the 1906 Cananea strike, and President Taft's Administration, U.S. officials often protected investors' interests over helping end the brutalities of the Diaz regime. The U.S. government supported the anti-reelectionist movement, agreed with Bernardo Reyes and Félix Díaz's revolt against Francisco I. Madero, helped the revolutionaries defeat Huerta, and invaded Veracruz in 1914.WEB, Library of Congress, The Mexican Revolution and the United States in the Collections of the Library of Congress, U.S. Involvement Before 1913,weblink July 18, 2019, Following an incursion into Columbus, New Mexico, the U.S. sent 10,000 troops led by General John J. Pershing in an unsuccessful attempt to capture Pancho Villa.WEB, U.S. Department of State archive, January 20, 2009, July 18, 2019, Punitive Expedition in Mexico, 1916-1917,weblink The Zimmermann Telegram of 1917 involved an attempt by Germany to incite a war between the U.S. and Mexico.WEB, The National WWI Museum and Memorial,weblink ZIMMERMANN TELEGRAM, July 18, 2019, March 2, 2017, As part of his plan to consolidate power, Carranza had peasant-leader Emiliano Zapata assassinated in 1918.{{rp|312}} President Carranza was assassinated in 1920, and Adolfo de la Huerta became interim president, followed by General Álvaro Obregón. Obregon instituted land redistribution and pushed public education. Plutarco Elías Calles became president in 1924; his goal was to improve the finances of the country by establishing the Banco de Mexico (Bank of Mexico) and the Banco de Credito Ágricola (Agricultural Credit Bank). Calles wanted to enforce the anti-clerical aspects of the 1917 Constitution, sparking the Cristero War, particularly in the western part of the country.{{rp|327–330}}Obregon was elected a second time in 1928, only to be assassinated two weeks before taking office. This was the period known as the Maximato, when Calles dominated Mexican politics as its "Maximum Leader". Calles declared that the Revolution had moved from caudillismo (strongmen) to the era institucional (institutional era). To this end, he founded the "National Revolutionary Party" (PRN), precursor to the Institutional Revolutionary Party that ruled the country as a one-party state for 70 years.WEB, Instituto Nacional de Estudios Historicos de las Revoluciones de Mexico,weblink 85º ANIVERSARIO DE LA FUNDACIÓN DEL PARTIDO NACIONAL REVOLUCIONARIO (PNR), July 18, 2019, Spanish, 85th anniversary of the founding of the National Revolutionary Party (PRN), Rafael Hernández Ángeles,

Early-20th-century stability and one-party rule (1920–2000)

{{See|Institutional Revolutionary Party}}In 1929, revolutionary general and former president of Mexico Plutarco Elías Calles founded the National Revolutionary Party (PNR), later renamed the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Despite not holding the presidency, Calles remained the key political figure during the period known as the Maximato (1929-1934). The Maximato ended during the presidency of Lázaro Cárdenas, who expelled Calles from the country and implemented many economic and social reforms. This included the Mexican oil expropriation in March 1938, which nationalized the U.S. and Anglo-Dutch oil company known as the Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company. This movement would result in the creation of the state-owned Mexican oil company Pemex. This sparked a diplomatic crisis with the countries whose citizens had lost businesses by Cárdenas's radical measure, but since then the company has played an important role in the economic development of Mexico. Cárdenas's successor, Manuel Ávila Camacho (1940-1946) was more moderate, and relations between the U.S. and Mexico vastly improved during World War II, when Mexico was a significant ally, providing manpower and materiel to aid the war effort. In 1946 with the election of Miguel Alemán, the first civilian president in the post-revolutionary period, Mexico embarked on an aggressive program of economic development, known as the Mexican miracle, which was characterized by industrialization, urbanization, and the increase of inequality in Mexico between urban and rural areas.WEB, The Mexican Miracle: 1940–1968, World History from 1500, Emayzine,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink April 3, 2007, September 30, 2007, File:Estudiantes sobre cammión quemado (A68).JPG|left|thumb|Students in a burned bus during the protests of 1968 ]]Although the economy continued to flourish for some, social inequality remained a factor of discontent. Moreover, the PRI rule became increasingly authoritarian and at times oppressive in what is now referred to as 'Mexico's dirty war'WEB, Krauze, Enrique, Furthering Democracy in Mexico, January–February 2006, Foreign Affairs,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink January 10, 2006, October 7, 2007, (see the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre,BOOK, Massacre in Mexico (Original "La noche de Tlatelolco"), Elena Poniatowska, Viking, New York, 1975, 978-0-8262-0817-0,weblink Elena Poniatowska, which claimed the life of around 300 protesters based on conservative estimates and as many as 800 by the protesters).NEWS, Kennedy, Duncan,weblink Mexico's long forgotten dirty war, BBC News, July 19, 2008, July 17, 2013, Electoral reforms and high oil prices followed the administration of Luis Echeverría,BOOK, Schedler, Andreas, Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition, 2006, L. Rienner Publishers, 978-1-58826-440-4,weblink BOOK, Crandall, R., Paz and Roett, Mexico's Democracy at Work, Mexico's Domestic Economy: Policy Options and Choices, Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2004, 978-0-8018-5655-6, 160,weblinkweblink mismanagement of these revenues led to inflation and exacerbated the 1982 Crisis. That year, oil prices plunged, interest rates soared, and the government defaulted on its debt. President Miguel de la Madrid resorted to currency devaluations which in turn sparked inflation.In the 1980s the first cracks emerged in PRI's dominance. In Baja California, Ernesto Ruffo Appel was elected as governor. In 1988, alleged electoral fraud prevented the leftist candidate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas from winning the national presidential elections, giving Carlos Salinas de Gortari the presidency and leading to massive protests in Mexico City.WEB,weblink "Mexico The 1988 Elections" (Sources: The Library of the Congress Country Studies, CIA World Factbook), Photius Coutsoukis, May 30, 2010, File:Nafta.jpg|thumb|NAFTA signing ceremony, October 1992. From left to right: (standing) President Carlos Salinas de Gortari (Mexico), President George H. W. Bush (U.S.), and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (Canada); (seated) Jaime Serra Puche (Mexico), Carla Hills (U.S.), and Michael Wilson (Canada)]]Salinas embarked on a program of neoliberal reforms which fixed the exchange rate, controlled inflation, and culminated with the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which came into effect on January 1, 1994. The same day, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) started a two-week-long armed rebellion against the federal government, and has continued as a non-violent opposition movement against neoliberalism and globalization.In 1994, Salinas was succeeded by Ernesto Zedillo, followed by the Mexican peso crisis and a $50 billion IMF bailout. Major macroeconomic reforms were started by President Zedillo, and the economy rapidly recovered and growth peaked at almost 7% by the end of 1999.WEB, Cruz Vasconcelos, Gerardo, Desempeño Histórico 1914–2004,weblink February 17, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink July 3, 2006, Spanish,

Contemporary Mexico

In 2000, after 71 years, the PRI lost a presidential election to Vicente Fox of the opposition National Action Party (PAN). In the 2006 presidential election, Felipe Calderón from the PAN was declared the winner, with a very narrow margin (0.58%) over leftist politician Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).{{citation|journal=Revista Mexicana de Opinión Pública|title=2006 presidential Elections in Mexico. The Perspective of the Press|pages=31–51|first=Rosa Maria|last=Valles Ruiz|url=|issn=2448-4911|number=20|date=June 2016|accessdate=July 11, 2019}} López Obrador, however, contested the election and pledged to create an "alternative government".JOURNAL, Reséndiz, Francisco, Rinde AMLO protesta como "presidente legítimo", El Universal, 2006,weblink Spanish, After twelve years, in 2012, the PRI won the presidency again with the election of Enrique Peña Nieto, the governor of the State of Mexico from 2005 to 2011. However, he won with a plurality of about 38%, and did not have a legislative majority.NEWS,weblink Enrique Pena Nieto wins Mexican presidential election, July 2, 2012,, August 25, 2015, In his third presidential run, former mayor of Mexico City Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the 2018 presidential election with over 50% of the vote. His political coalition, led by a left-wing party MORENA, which was founded after the 2012 elections by Andres, includes parties and politicians from all over the political spectrum and also obtained a majority in both the upper and lower congress chambers. AMLO's (one of his many nicknames) success is attributed to the country's other strong political alternatives exhausting their chances as well as the politician adopting a moderate discourse with focus in conciliation.WEB,weblink López Obrador, winner of Mexican election, given broad mandate,weblink Washington Post,


(File:Mexico topo.jpg|thumb|upright=1.25|Topographic map of Mexico)Mexico is located between latitudes 14° and 33°N, and longitudes 86° and 119°W in the southern portion of North America. Almost all of Mexico lies in the North American Plate, with small parts of the Baja California peninsula on the Pacific and Cocos Plates. Geophysically, some geographers include the territory east of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (around 12% of the total) within Central America.WEB,weblinkweblink dead, May 15, 2016, Nord-Amèrica, in Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana,, July 17, 2013, Geopolitically, however, Mexico is entirely considered part of North America, along with Canada and the United States.BOOK, Parsons, Alan, Jonathan Schaffer, Geopolitics of oil and natural gas, U.S. Department of State, Economic Perspectives, May 2004, File:Yucatan chix crater.jpg|thumb|right|Location in the Yucatán peninsula of the Chicxulub crater. The scientific consensus is that the Chicxulub impactor was responsible for the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction eventCretaceous–Paleogene extinction eventMexico's total area is {{convert|1972550|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}}, making it the world's 13th largest country by total area. It has coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, the latter two forming part of the Atlantic Ocean.BOOK,weblink 405, Vargas, Jorge A., Mexico and the Law of the Sea: Contributions and Compromises, 2011, 9789004206205, Within these seas are about {{convert|6000|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}} of islands (including the remote Pacific Guadalupe Island and the Revillagigedo Islands). From its farthest land points, Mexico is a little over {{convert|2000|mi|km|0|abbr=on}} in length.On its north, Mexico shares a {{convert|3141|km|mi|0|abbr=on}} border with the United States. The meandering Río Bravo del Norte (known as the Rio Grande in the United States) defines the border from Ciudad Juárez east to the Gulf of Mexico. A series of natural and artificial markers delineate the United States-Mexican border west from Ciudad Juárez to the Pacific Ocean. Donald Trump made the construction of a border wall (on the U.S. side) an element of his 2016 presidential campaign. On its south, Mexico shares an {{convert|871|km|mi|0|abbr=on}} border with Guatemala and a {{convert|251|km|mi|0|abbr=on}} border with Belize.Mexico is crossed from north to south by two mountain ranges known as Sierra Madre Oriental and Sierra Madre Occidental, which are the extension of the Rocky Mountains from northern North America. From east to west at the center, the country is crossed by the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt also known as the Sierra Nevada. A fourth mountain range, the Sierra Madre del Sur, runs from Michoacán to Oaxaca.WEB,weblink Mexico Topography,, October 16, 2007, May 30, 2010, As such, the majority of the Mexican central and northern territories are located at high altitudes, and the highest elevations are found at the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt: Pico de Orizaba ({{convert|5700|m|ft|0|disp=or|abbr=on}}), Popocatépetl ({{convert|5462|m|ft|0|disp=or|abbr=on}}) and Iztaccihuatl ({{convert|5286|m|ft|0|disp=or|abbr=on}}) and the Nevado de Toluca ({{convert|4577|m|ft|0|disp=or|abbr=on}}). Three major urban agglomerations are located in the valleys between these four elevations: Toluca, Greater Mexico City and Puebla.


File:Mexico Köppen.svg|thumb|upright=1.25|Mexico map of Köppen climate classificationKöppen climate classificationThe Tropic of Cancer effectively divides the country into temperate and tropical zones. Land north of the twenty-fourth parallel experiences cooler temperatures during the winter months. South of the twenty-fourth parallel, temperatures are fairly constant year round and vary solely as a function of elevation. This gives Mexico one of the world's most diverse weather systems.Areas south of the 24th parallel with elevations up to {{convert|1000|m|ft|0|abbr=on}} (the southern parts of both coastal plains as well as the Yucatán Peninsula), have a yearly median temperature between {{convert|24|to|28|C|F|1}}. Temperatures here remain high throughout the year, with only a {{convert|5|C-change|0}} difference between winter and summer median temperatures. Both Mexican coasts, except for the south coast of the Bay of Campeche and northern Baja, are also vulnerable to serious hurricanes during the summer and fall. Although low-lying areas north of the 24th parallel are hot and humid during the summer, they generally have lower yearly temperature averages (from {{convert|20|to|24|C|F|1|disp=or}}) because of more moderate conditions during the winter.Many large cities in Mexico are located in the Valley of Mexico or in adjacent valleys with altitudes generally above {{convert|2000|m|ft|0|abbr=on}}. This gives them a year-round temperate climate with yearly temperature averages (from {{convert|16|to|18|C|F|1|disp=or}}) and cool nighttime temperatures throughout the year.Many parts of Mexico, particularly the north, have a dry climate with sporadic rainfall while parts of the tropical lowlands in the south average more than {{convert|2000|mm|in|1|abbr=on}} of annual precipitation. For example, many cities in the north like Monterrey, Hermosillo, and Mexicali experience temperatures of {{convert|40|C|F}} or more in summer. In the Sonoran Desert temperatures reach {{convert|50|C|F}} or more.In 2012, Mexico passed a comprehensive climate change bill, a first in the developing world, that has set a goal for the country to generate 35% of its energy from clean energy sources by 2024, and to cut emissions by 50% by 2050, from the level found in 2000.WEB,weblink BBC News â€” Mexico's president enacts climate change legislation,, June 6, 2012, July 12, 2013, WEB,weblink In A First For Developing World, Mexico Enacts Climate Change Law, International Business Times, June 6, 2012, July 12, 2013, During the 2016 North American Leaders' Summit, the target of 50% of electricity generated from renewable sources by 2025 was announced.NEWS, McDiarmid, Margo, U.S., Mexico to source 50% of electricity from clean energy by 2025,weblink CBC News, September 8, 2016,


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Mexico ranks fourthWEB, Ocupa México cuarto lugar mundial de biodiversidad,weblink El Economista, February 5, 2017, es, in the world in biodiversity and is one of the 17 megadiverse countries. With over 200,000 different species, Mexico is home of 10–12% of the world's biodiversity.WEB, Biodiversidad de México, SEMARNAT,weblink October 7, 2007, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 7, 2007, Mexico ranks first in biodiversity in reptiles with 707 known species, second in mammals with 438 species, fourth in amphibians with 290 species, and fourth in flora, with 26,000 different species.WEB, Biodiversidad en México, CONEVYT,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink October 7, 2007, October 7, 2007, Mexico is also considered the second country in the world in ecosystems and fourth in overall species. About 2,500 species are protected by Mexican legislations.WEB, Sistema Nacional sobre la Biodiversidad en México, CONABIO,weblink October 7, 2007, {{as of|2002|alt=In 2002}}, Mexico had the second fastest rate of deforestation in the world, second only to Brazil.NEWS,weblink Mexico's 'devastating' forest loss, BBC News, March 4, 2002, August 8, 2011, The government has taken another initiative in the late 1990s to broaden the people's knowledge, interest and use of the country's esteemed biodiversity, through the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad.In Mexico, {{convert|170000|km2|sqmi|0}} are considered "Protected Natural Areas". These include 34 biosphere reserves (unaltered ecosystems), 67 national parks, 4 natural monuments (protected in perpetuity for their aesthetic, scientific or historical value), 26 areas of protected flora and fauna, 4 areas for natural resource protection (conservation of soil, hydrological basins and forests) and 17 sanctuaries (zones rich in diverse species).The discovery of the Americas brought to the rest of the world many widely used food crops and edible plants. Some of Mexico's native culinary ingredients include: chocolate, avocado, tomato, maize, vanilla, guava, chayote, epazote, camote, jícama, nopal, zucchini, tejocote, huitlacoche, sapote, mamey sapote, many varieties of beans, and an even greater variety of chiles, such as the habanero and the jalapeño. Most of these names come from indigenous languages like Nahuatl.Because of its high biodiversity Mexico has also been a frequent site of bioprospecting by international research bodies.Hayden, Cori. 2003. When Nature Goes Public: The Making and Unmaking of Bioproscpecting in Mexico. Princeton University Press. The first highly successful instance being the discovery in 1947 of the tuber "Barbasco" (Dioscorea composita) which has a high content of diosgenin, revolutionizing the production of synthetic hormones in the 1950s and 1960s and eventually leading to the invention of combined oral contraceptive pills.Soto Laveaga, Gabriela (2009). Jungle Laboratories: Mexican peasants, National Projects and the Making of the Pill. Duke University.

Government and politics


File:Andrés Manuel López Obrador, presidente de México.jpg|thumb|left|upright|President Andrés Manuel López ObradorAndrés Manuel López ObradorThe United Mexican States are a federation whose government is representative, democratic and republican based on a presidential system according to the 1917 Constitution. The constitution establishes three levels of government: the federal Union, the state governments and the municipal governments. According to the constitution, all constituent states of the federation must have a republican form of government composed of three branches: the executive, represented by a governor and an appointed cabinet, the legislative branch constituted by a unicameral congress WEB,weblink Living México – The most complete online guide for information on Mexico.,weblink, en, January 27, 2019, {{Original research inline|date=September 2017}} and the judiciary, which will include a state Supreme Court of Justice. They also have their own civil and judicial codes.The federal legislature is the bicameral Congress of the Union, composed of the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies. The Congress makes federal law, declares war, imposes taxes, approves the national budget and international treaties, and ratifies diplomatic appointments.WEB, Articles 50 to 79, Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, Congress of the Union of the United Mexican States,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink November 13, 2006, October 3, 2007, The federal Congress, as well as the state legislatures, are elected by a system of parallel voting that includes plurality and proportional representation.WEB, Third Title, First Chapter, About Electoral systems, Código Federal de Instituciones y Procedimientos Electorales (Federal Code of Electoral Institutions and Procedures), August 15, 1990, Congress of the Union of the United Mexican States,weblink October 3, 2007, Spanish, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 25, 2007, The Chamber of Deputies has 500 deputies. Of these, 300 are elected by plurality vote in single-member districts (the federal electoral districts) and 200 are elected by proportional representation with closed party listsWEB, Third Title, First Chapter, About Electoral systems, Article 11-1, Código Federal de Instituciones y Procedimientos Electorales (Federal Code of Electoral Institutions and Procedures), August 15, 1990, Congress of the Union of the United Mexican States,weblink October 3, 2007, Spanish, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 25, 2007, for which the country is divided into five electoral constituencies.WEB, Fourth Title, Second Chapter, About coalitions, Article 59-1, Código Federal de Instituciones y Procedimientos Electorales (Federal Code of Electoral Institutions and Procedures), August 15, 1990, Congress of the Union of the United Mexican States,weblink October 3, 2007, Spanish, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 25, 2007, The Senate is made up of 128 senators. Of these, 64 senators (two for each state and two for Mexico City) are elected by plurality vote in pairs; 32 senators are the first minority or first-runner up (one for each state and one for Mexico City), and 32 are elected by proportional representation from national closed party lists.The executive is the President of the United Mexican States, who is the head of state and government, as well as the commander-in-chief of the Mexican military forces. The President also appoints the Cabinet and other officers. The President is responsible for executing and enforcing the law, and has the power to veto bills.WEB, Articles 80 to 93, Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, Congress of the Union of the United Mexican States,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink November 13, 2006, October 3, 2007, File:Suprema4.jpg|thumbnail|Site of the Supreme Court of Justice ]]The highest organ of the judicial branch of government is the Supreme Court of Justice, the national supreme court, which has eleven judges appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. The Supreme Court of Justice interprets laws and judges cases of federal competency. Other institutions of the judiciary are the Federal Electoral Tribunal, collegiate, unitary and district tribunals, and the Council of the Federal Judiciary.WEB, Articles 90 to 107, Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, Congress of the Union of the United Mexican States,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink November 13, 2006, October 3, 2007,


Three parties have historically been the dominant parties in Mexican politics: the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), a center-left party and member of Socialist InternationalWEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink December 17, 2008, Entrevista a la Lic. Beatriz Paredes Rangel, Presidenta dle Comité Ejecutivo Nacional del PRI, December 17, 2008, July 17, 2013, that was founded in 1929 to unite all the factions of the Mexican Revolution and held an almost hegemonic power in Mexican politics since then; the National Action Party (PAN), a conservative party founded in 1939 and belonging to the Christian Democrat Organization of America;WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink July 14, 2008, Miembros Titulares, ODCA, July 14, 2008, July 17, 2013, and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) a left-wing party,WEB,weblink Estatuto del Partido de la Revolución Democrática, July 17, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink January 16, 2013, founded in 1989 as the successor of the coalition of socialists and liberal parties. PRD emerged after what has now been proven was a stolen election in 1988,WEB, The,weblink Former Mexican President Reveals '88 Presidential Election Was Rigged, Ginger Thompson, March 9, 2004, July 19, 2019, and has won numerous state and local elections since then. PAN won its first governorship in 1989, and won the presidency in 2000 and 2006.WEB, Televisa.News,weblink Historia del Partido Acción Nacional, September 14, 2014, July 19, 2019, A new political party, National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), a leftist-populist party, emerged after the 2012 election and dominated the 2018 Mexican general election.WEB, Dinero en Imagen, ¿Qué es Morena, y cuándo se fundó,weblink July 5, 2018, July 19, 2019, Spanish, What is Morena, and when was it founded?,

Law enforcement

File:FederalPoliceDF.jpg|upright|thumb|Federal Police headquarters in Mexico CityMexico CityPublic security is enacted at the three levels of government, each of which has different prerogatives and responsibilities. Local and state police departments are primarily in charge of law enforcement, whereas the Mexican Federal Police are in charge of specialized duties. All levels report to the Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (Secretary of Public Security). The General Attorney's Office (Fiscalía General de la República, FGR) is a constitutional autonomous organism in charge of investigating and prosecuting crimes at the federal level, mainly those related to drug and arms trafficking,WEB,weblink An Inside Look at Mexican Guns and Arms Trafficking, May 9, 2017,weblink" title="">weblink November 25, 2010, dead, espionage, and bank robberies.WEB,weblink Mexico Police and Law Enforcement Organizations,, January 1, 1994, July 17, 2013, The FGR operates the Federal Ministerial Police (Policia Federal Ministerial, PMF) an investigative and preventive agency.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink May 1, 2007, Agencia Federal de Investigacion. Procuraduría General de la República, May 1, 2007, July 17, 2013, While the government generally respects the human rights of its citizens, serious abuses of power have been reported in security operations in the southern part of the country and in indigenous communities and poor urban neighborhoods.WEB,weblink Mexico, Britannica Online Encyclopedia, March 6, 2011, The National Human Rights Commission has had little impact in reversing this trend, engaging mostly in documentation but failing to use its powers to issue public condemnations to the officials who ignore its recommendations.NEWS,weblink Big, expensive and weirdly spineless, The Economist, February 14, 2008, July 17, 2013, By law, all defendants have the rights that assure them fair trials and humane treatment; however, the system is overburdened and overwhelmed with several problems.Despite the efforts of the authorities to fight crime and fraud, most Mexicans have low confidence in the police or the judicial system, and therefore, few crimes are actually reported by the citizens. The Global Integrity Index which measures the existence and effectiveness of national anti-corruption mechanisms rated Mexico 31st behind Kenya, Thailand, and Russia.WEB,weblink Global Integrity Report,, August 8, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 3, 2011, In 2008, president Calderón proposed a major reform of the judicial system, which was approved by the Congress of the Union, which included oral trials, the presumption of innocence for defendants, the authority of local police to investigate crime—until then a prerogative of special police units—and several other changes intended to speed up trials.NEWS,weblink Mexico's Congress Passes Overhaul of Justice Laws, McKinley, JC Jr, The New York Times, March 7, 2008, July 17, 2013,


Drug cartels are a major concern in Mexico.WEB,weblink Mexico Boosts Force in War with Drug Gang,, July 17, 2009, August 8, 2011, Mexico's drug war (2006-2019) left over 120,000 dead and perhaps another 37,000 missing.NEWS,weblink Mexico's Drug War, Council on Foreign Relations, January 24, 2019, July 19, 2019, Brianna Lee, Danielle Renwick, Rocio Cara Labrador, The Mexican drug cartels have as many as 100,000 members.WEB,weblink 100,000 foot soldiers in Mexican cartels, The Washington Times, March 3, 2009, May 7, 2012, Mexico's National Geography and Statistics Institute estimated that in 2014, one-fifth of Mexicans were victims of some sort of crime."Uno de cada cinco, victima de algún delito: Inegi", Retrieved on August 23, 2017.File:Ayotz1napa ohs202.jpg|thumb|right|Demonstration on September 26, 2015, in the first anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 students in the Mexican town of IgualaIgualaPresident Felipe Calderón made eradicating organized crime one of the top priorities of his administration by deploying military personnel to cities where drug cartels operate. This move was criticized by the opposition parties and the National Human Rights Commission for escalating the violence,{{citation|newspaper=La Jornada|location=Mexico City|date=February 5, 2018|accessdate=July 11, 2019|title=Gobierno de Calderón mantiene récord en violaciones a derechos|language=Spanish|trans-title=Government of Calderon has a record of violations of rights |url=|last=Olivares Alonso|first=Emir}} but its effects have been positively evaluated by the US State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs as having obtained "unprecedented results" with "many important successes".WEB,weblink International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, 2008, July 17, 2013, Since President Felipe Calderón launched a crackdown against cartels in 2006, more than 28,000 alleged criminals have been successfully killed.NEWS,weblink Mexico country profile, BBC News, November 29, 2010, March 9, 2011, NEWS, AP,weblink More Than 30,000 Killed in Mexico's Drug Violence, Fox News, February 1, 2010, March 9, 2011, Of the total drug-related violence 4% are innocent people,WEB,weblink Mexican president: We're not losing drug war, January 9, 2011, MSNBC, mostly by-passers and people trapped in between shootings; 90% accounts for criminals and 6% for military personnel and police officers. In October 2007, President Calderón and US president George W. Bush announced the Mérida Initiative, a plan of law enforcement cooperation between the two countries.WEB,weblink Otorgará Iniciativa Mérida 500 mdd a México en primer año, Gómez, Natalia, El Universal, October 22, 2007, July 17, 2013,weblink" title="">weblink October 30, 2007, dead, More than 100 journalists and media workers have been killed or disappeared since 2000, and most of these crimes remained unsolved, improperly investigated, and with few perpetrators arrested and convicted.WEB, Freedom of Expression in Mexico,weblink PEN American Center,weblink" title="">weblink dead, July 23, 2013, NEWS, Alcázar, Jesús, Más de 100 periodistas asesinados en México desde el año 2000,weblink EFE, El Mundo (Spain), July 17, 2014, Spanish, The mass kidnapping of the 43 students in Iguala on September 26, 2014 triggered nationwide protests against the government's weak response to the disappearances and widespread corruption that gives free rein to criminal organizations."Mexicans in biggest protest yet over missing students ". The Guardian. November 21, 2014.

Foreign relations

File:The Three Amigos 2016.jpg|thumb|Former President Enrique Peña Nieto with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Barack Obama of the United States at the 2016 North American Leaders' SummitNorth American Leaders' SummitThe foreign relations of Mexico are directed by the President of Mexico and managed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.WEB, Internal Rules of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Article 2, Section 1, August 10, 2001, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,weblink March 28, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink June 11, 2008, Spanish, The principles of the foreign policy are constitutionally recognized in the Article 89, Section 10, which include: respect for international law and legal equality of states, their sovereignty and independence, trend to non-interventionism in the domestic affairs of other countries, peaceful resolution of conflicts, and promotion of collective security through active participation in international organizations.WEB, Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, Article 89, Section 10, February 5, 1917, Chamber of Deputies,weblink March 28, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink August 25, 2007, Spanish, Since the 1930s, the Estrada Doctrine has served as a crucial complement to these principles.WEB, Palacios Treviño, Jorge, La Doctrina Estrada y el Principio de la No-Intervención,weblink April 4, 2009, Spanish, dead,weblink" title="">weblink February 6, 2009, Mexico is founding member of several international organizations, most notably the United Nations,WEB, UN, United Nations Member States, November 7, 1945, UN official website,weblink April 6, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink April 17, 2009, the Organization of American States,Velázquez Flores (2007), p. 145. the Organization of Ibero-American States,WEB, Organization of Ibero-American States, Members, OEI official website,weblink April 6, 2009, Spanish, the OPANALWEB, OPANAL, Members, OPANAL official website,weblink April 6, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 14, 2009, and the Rio Group.WEB, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, El Presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa en la Ceremonia de Entrega de la Secretaría Pro Témpore del Grupo de Río, March 7, 2007, Gobierno Federal,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink August 23, 2009, April 6, 2009, Spanish, In 2008, Mexico contributed over 40 million dollars to the United Nations regular budget.WEB, United Nations, Regular Budget Payments of Largest Payers, 2008, Global Policy,weblink April 4, 2009, In addition, it was the only Latin American member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development since it joined in 1994 until Chile gained full membership in 2010.WEB, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Members, May 18, 1994, OECD official website,weblink April 6, 2009, WEB, Chile joins the OECD's Economic Club, January 12, 2010, BBC News,weblink April 23, 2010, Mexico is considered a regional powerWEB, Japan's Regional Diplomacy, Latin America and the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan,weblink April 4, 2009, WEB, Latin America: Region is losing ground to competitors, Oxford Analytica,weblink April 4, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink October 24, 2007, hence its presence in major economic groups such as the G8+5 and the G-20. In addition, since the 1990s Mexico has sought a reform of the United Nations Security Council and its working methodsMinistry of Foreign Affairs (2005), p. 215. with the support of Canada, Italy, Pakistan and other nine countries, which form a group informally called the Coffee Club.NEWS, Maggie Farley, Mexico, Canada Introduce Third Plan to Expand Security Council, July 22, 2005, Los Angeles Times,weblink April 4, 2009, After the War of Independence, the relations of Mexico were focused primarily on the United States, its northern neighbor, largest trading partner,WEB, Bilateral Trade, 2006, Embassy of the U.S. in Mexico,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink August 27, 2009, March 28, 2009, and the most powerful actor in hemispheric and world affairs.WEB, Kim Richard Nossal, Lonely Superpower or Unapologetic Hyperpower? Analyzing American Power in the Post-Cold War Era, June 29 – July 2, 1999, Queen's University,weblink March 28, 2009, Mexico supported the Cuban government since its establishment in the early 1960s,WEB, Renata Keller, Capitalizing on Castro: Mexico's Foreign Relations with Cuba, 1959–1969, 2009, Latin American Network Information Center,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink May 13, 2011, March 28, 2009, the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua during the late 1970s,WEB, Salaverry, Jorge, Evolution of Mexican Foreign Policy, March 11, 1988, The Heritage Foundation,weblink March 28, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 13, 2009, and leftist revolutionary groups in El Salvador during the 1980s.WEB, El Salvador in the 1980s, Historical Text Archive,weblink March 28, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink May 1, 2011, dead, Felipe Calderón's administration (2006-2012) put a greater emphasis on relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.WEB, Spanish, Dirección General de Coordinación Política, Se hará política exterior de Estado: Patricia Espinosa, December 2, 2008, Senate of the Republic,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, May 13, 2011, March 29, 2009, Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) emphasized economic issues and foreign investment, particularly the now-defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership.WEB, Shaping the Pacific Alliance, Mexico's Foreign Policy during the Presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto, 2018, July 19, 2019, Ana Maria Palacio,weblink Andrés Manuel López Obrador has taken a cautious approach, unwilling to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump on either trade or migration, while maintaining neutrality on Venezuela and welcoming Chinese money.WEB, Global Americans,weblink AMLO's cautious foreign policy, Greg Weeks, February 15, 2019, July 19, 2019,


File:Marina-Panther-Unitasgold2009.jpg|thumb|upright|A Mexican Navy EurocopterEurocopterThe Mexican Armed Forces have two branches: the Mexican Army (which includes the Mexican Air Force), and the Mexican Navy. The Mexican Armed Forces maintain significant infrastructure, including facilities for design, research, and testing of weapons, vehicles, aircraft, naval vessels, defense systems and electronics;WEB,weblink Mexican Naval missile (in Spanish),, July 17, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 2, 2013, military industry manufacturing centers for building such systems, and advanced naval dockyards that build heavy military vessels and advanced missile technologies.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink November 11, 2004, Buque logístico multipropósito, Spanish, November 11, 2004, July 17, 2013, File:Marina Michoacán.jpg|thumb|left|Mexican built Sierra-class corvetteSierra-class corvetteIn recent years, Mexico has improved its training techniques, military command and information structures and has taken steps to becoming more self-reliant in supplying its military by designing as well as manufacturing its own arms,WEB,weblink The 5.56 X 45 mm: 2006,, August 8, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 7, 2011, missiles, aircraft,WEB,weblink Hydra Technologies Surprises UAV Industry with Mexican-Made System, Earns Coveted Award at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2007 Show in D.C,, May 30, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink April 3, 2011, vehicles, heavy weaponry, electronics, defense systems, armor, heavy military industrial equipment and heavy naval vessels.WEB,weblink Mexican navy 2006 activities official report,, May 30, 2010, Since the 1990s, when the military escalated its role in the war on drugs, increasing importance has been placed on acquiring airborne surveillance platforms, aircraft, helicopters, digital war-fighting technologies,WEB, Loke,weblink Capacitarán a militares en combates con rifles láser | Ediciones Impresas Milenio,, May 30, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 14, 2010, urban warfare equipment and rapid troop transport.WEB,weblink Strategy on recent equipment purchases: The Mexican Armed Forces in Transition, July 17, 2013, Mexico has the capabilities to manufacture nuclear weapons, but abandoned this possibility with the Treaty of Tlatelolco in 1968 and pledged to only use its nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.WEB,weblink Text of the Treaty of Tlatelolco,, November 27, 1963, March 9, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink April 30, 2011, In 1970, Mexico's national institute for nuclear research successfully refined weapons grade uraniumWEB,weblink instituto nacional de investigaciones nucleares,, March 9, 2011, {{Failed verification|date=March 2011}} which is used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons but in April 2010, Mexico agreed to turn over its weapons grade uranium to the United States.WEB,weblink Mexico to slash weapons-grade uranium,, March 9, 2011, NEWS,weblink BBC News, Russia and US sign plutonium pact, April 13, 2010, Historically, Mexico has remained neutral in international conflicts,WEB, Spanish, Gustavo Iruegas, Adiós a la neutralidad, April 27, 2007, La Jornada,weblink April 4, 2009, with the exception of World War II. However, in recent years some political parties have proposed an amendment of the Constitution to allow the Mexican Army, Air Force or Navy to collaborate with the United Nations in peacekeeping missions, or to provide military help to countries that officially ask for it.WEB, Ricardo Gómez, Andrea Merlos, yes, Diputados, en Favor de Derogar Neutralidad en Guerras, April 20, 2007, El Universal,weblink April 4, 2009, Spanish, Mexico signed the UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.WEB,weblink Chapter XXVI: Disarmament â€“ No. 9 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, United Nations Treaty Collection, July 7, 2017,

Administrative divisions

The United Mexican States are a federation of 31 free and sovereign states, which form a union that exercises a degree of jurisdiction over Mexico City.WEB, Thought.Co., Mexico's 31 States and One Federal District,weblink Amanda Briney, October 8, 2018, July 15, 2019, Each state has its own constitution, congress, and a judiciary, and its citizens elect by direct voting a governor for a six-year term, and representatives to their respective unicameral state congresses for three-year terms.WEB, Article 116, Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, Congress of the Union of the United Mexican States,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink November 13, 2006, October 7, 2007, Mexico City is a special political division that belongs to the federation as a whole and not to a particular state. Formerly known as the Federal District, its autonomy was previously limited relative to that of the states.WEB, Article 112, Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, Congress of the Union of the United Mexican States,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink November 13, 2006, October 7, 2007, It dropped this designation in 2016 and is in the process of achieving greater political autonomy by becoming a federal entity with its own constitution and congress.WEB, Federal District is now officially Mexico City: The change brings more autonomy for the country's capital, January 30, 2016, Mexico News Daily,weblink January 5, 2018, The states are divided into municipalities, the smallest administrative political entity in the country, governed by a mayor or municipal president (), elected by its residents by plurality.WEB, Article 115, Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, Congress of the Union of the United Mexican States,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink November 13, 2006, October 7, 2007, {{Political Divisions of Mexico}}


{{See also|Economic history of Mexico}}{|class="wikitable" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px"! style="text-align:center; background:#cfb;" colspan="2" |Share of world GDP (PPP)WEB,weblink Report for Selected Countries and Subjects,, en-US, September 19, 2018, ! style="background:#cfb;"|Year! style="background:#cfb;"|Share1980 style="text-align:right;" |3.06%1990 style="text-align:right;" |2.68%|20002.53%|20102.02%2017 style="text-align:right;" |1.94%File:Mexico Product Export Treemap.jpg|thumb|upright=1.5|A proportional representation of Mexico's exports. The country has the most complex economy in Latin America.]]As of April 2018, Mexico has the 15th largest nominal GDP (US$1.15 trillion)WEB,, Top 20 Economies in the World,weblink June 7, 2019, July 15, 2019, Caleb Silver, and the 11th largest by purchasing power parity (US$2.45 trillion). GDP annual average growth was 2.9% in 2016 and 2% in 2017. Agriculture has comprised 4% of the economy over the last two decades, while industry contributes 33% (mostly automotive, oil, and electronics) and services (notably financial services and tourism) contribute 63%. Mexico's GDP in PPP per capita was US$18,714.05. The World Bank reported in 2009 that the country's Gross National Income in market exchange rates was the second highest in Latin America, after Brazil at US$1,830.392 billion,WEB,weblink Total GNI Atlas Method 2009, World Bank, December 27, 2010, which led to the highest income per capita in the region at $15,311.WEB,weblink A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico's Soaring Obesity, Andrew Jacobs, Matt Richtel, The New York Times, December 12, 2017, December 11, 2017, live,weblink December 12, 2017, WEB,weblink GNI per capita 2009, Atlas method and PPP, World Bank, December 27, 2010, Mexico is now firmly established as an upper middle-income country. After the slowdown of 2001 the country has recovered and has grown 4.2, 3.0 and 4.8 percent in 2004, 2005 and 2006,WEB,weblink Reporte ECLAC, February 16, 2007, es, even though it is considered to be well below Mexico's potential growth.{{Citation |last=Hufbauer |first=G.C. |last2=Schott |first2=J.J. |contribution=Chapter 1, Overview |contribution-url= |title=NAFTA Revisited: Achievements and Challenges |location=Washington, DC |publisher=Institute for International Economics |publication-date=October 2005 |pages=1–78 |isbn=978-0-88132-334-4 |url= |url-status=dead |df= |date=January 1, 2005 }} The International Monetary Fund predicts growth rates of 2.3% and 2.7% for 2018 and 2019, respectively.Although multiple international organizations coincide and classify Mexico as an upper middle income country, or a middle class country NEWS, The Mazatlan Post, April 11, 2019, July 15, 2019, How much should you earn in Mexico to belong to the middle or upper class?,weblink "Mexico’s Economic Growth Lifts It Into Middle Class Status", Bloomberg, August 26, 2019, Retrieved on September 27, 2019. Mexico's National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), which is the organization in charge to measure the country's poverty reports that a huge percentage of Mexico's population lives in poverty. According to said council, from 2006 to 2010 (year on which the CONEVAL published its first nationwide report of poverty) the portion of Mexicans who live in poverty rose from 18%-19%"Human Development 2009 English", page 118, 2009. Retrieved on March 22, 2018. to 46% (52 million people).WEB,weblink CONEVAL Informe 2011, March 31, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 21, 2013, However, rather than Mexico's economy crashing, international economists attribute the huge increase in the percentage of population living below the country's poverty line to the CONEVAL using new standards to define it, as now besides people who lives below the economic welfare line, people who lacks at least one "social need" such as complete education, access to healthcare, access to regular food, housing services and goods, social security etc. were considered to be living in poverty (several countries do collect information regarding the persistence of said vulnerabilities on their population, but Mexico is the only one that classifies people lacking one or more of those needs as living below its national poverty line). Said economists do point out that the percentage of people living in poverty according to Mexico's national poverty line is around 40 times higher than the one reported by the World Bank's international poverty line (with said difference being the biggest in the world) and ponder if it wouldn't be better for countries in the situation of Mexico to adopt internationalized standards to measure poverty so the numbers obtained could be used to make accurate international comparisons."Should poverty be defined by a single international poverty line or country by country and what difference does it make", Oxfam, July 2012. Retrieved on August 27, 2017. According to the OECD's own poverty line (defined as the percentage of a country's population who earns 60%NEWS
, Just what is poor?
, August 27, 2019
, Michael Blastland
, July 31, 2009
The "economic distance" concept, and a level of income set at 60% of the median household income
or less of the national median income) 20% of Mexico's population lives in a situation of poverty."Under Pressure: The Squeezed Middle Class", OECD, April 10, 2019. Retrieved on August 26, 2019.
Among the OECD countries, Mexico has the second-highest degree of economic disparity between the extremely poor and extremely rich, after Chile â€“ although it has been falling over the last decade, being one of few countries in which this is the case.BOOK,weblink Income inequality, Society at a Glance 2011: Social Indicators, OECD, 9789264098527, April 12, 2011, March 16, 2013, The bottom ten percent in the income hierarchy disposes of 1.36% of the country's resources, whereas the upper ten percent dispose of almost 36%. The OECD also notes that Mexico's budgeted expenses for poverty alleviation and social development is only about a third of the OECD average.WEB,weblink Perspectivas OCDE: México; Reformas para el Cambio, 35–36, OECD, January 2012, July 17, 2013, This is also reflected by the fact that infant mortality in Mexico is three times higher than the average among OECD nations whereas its literacy levels are in the median range of OECD nations. Nevertheless, according to Goldman Sachs, by 2050 Mexico will have the 5th largest economy in the world.WEB,weblink Goldman Sachs Paper No.153 Relevant Emerging Markets, May 30, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 31, 2010, According to a 2008 UN report the average income in a typical urbanized area of Mexico was $26,654, while the average income in rural areas just miles away was only $8,403.JOURNAL, Sobresale Nuevo León por su alto nivel de vida, El Norte, 2006,weblink Spanish, Daily minimum wages are set annually being set at $102.68 Mexican pesos (US$5.40) in 2019.WEB,weblink Hoy entra en vigor el aumento en el salario mínimo, Forbes Mexico, January 1, 2019, July 19, 2019, Spanish, The increase in the minimum wage starts today, The electronics industry of Mexico has grown enormously within the last decade. Mexico has the sixth largest electronics industry in the world after China, United States, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Mexico is the second-largest exporter of electronics to the United States where it exported $71.4 billion worth of electronics in 2011.WEB,weblink Mexican Consumer Electronics Industry Second Largest Supplier of Electronics to the U.S – MEXICO CITY, Oct. 6, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/,, October 6, 2011, April 23, 2014, The Mexican electronics industry is dominated by the manufacture and OEM design of televisions, displays, computers, mobile phones, circuit boards, semiconductors, electronic appliances, communications equipment and LCD modules. The Mexican electronics industry grew 20% between 2010 and 2011, up from its constant growth rate of 17% between 2003 and 2009. Currently electronics represent 30% of Mexico's exports.Mexico produces the most automobiles of any North American nation.WEB,weblink Mexico tops U.S., Canadian car makers,, December 11, 2008, May 30, 2010, The industry produces technologically complex components and engages in some research and development activities.BOOK, Gereffi, G, Martínez, M, Mexico's Economic Transformation under NAFTA, Crandall, R, Paz, G, Roett, R, Mexico's Democracy at Work: Political and Economic Dynamics, Lynne Reiner Publishers, September 30, 2004, 978-1-58826-300-1,weblink 2005,weblink The "Big Three" (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) have been operating in Mexico since the 1930s, while Volkswagen and Nissan built their plants in the 1960s.BOOK, Hufbauer, G.C., Schott, J.J ., Chapter 6, The Automotive Sector,weblink NAFTA Revisited: Achievements and Challenges, Washington, D.C., Institute for International Economics, October 2005, 1–78, 978-0-88132-334-4,weblink dead, January 1, 2005, In Puebla alone, 70 industrial part-makers cluster around Volkswagen. In the 2010s expansion of the sector was surging. In 2014 alone, more than $10 billion in investment was committed. In September 2016 Kia motors opened a $1 billion factory in Nuevo León,"Inauguran Kia motors en Pesquería", Grupo Milenio, September 2016. Retrieved on August 27, 2017. with Audi also opening an assembling plant in Puebla the same year."Audi inaugura planta automotriz en Puebla", Autoexplora, September 2016. Retrieved on August 27, 2017. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan currently have plants in constructuion.NEWS, Automaker Kia plans $1 bn assembly plant in Mexico,weblink August 28, 2014, August 28, 2014, Mexico News.Net, The domestic car industry is represented by DINA S.A., which has built buses and trucks since 1962,WEB,weblink History, DINA Camiones Company, April 15, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 13, 2011, and the new Mastretta company that builds the high-performance Mastretta MXT sports car.WEB,weblink London 2008: Mastretta MXT will be Mexico's first homegrown car, Jeremy Korzeniewski, July 30, 2008, In 2006, trade with the United States and Canada accounted for almost 50% of Mexico's exports and 45% of its imports. During the first three quarters of 2010, the United States had a $46.0 billion trade deficit with Mexico.WEB,weblink Korea's Balance of Payments, March 9, 2011, In August 2010 Mexico surpassed France to become the 9th largest holder of US debt.WEB,weblink Major Foreign Holders Of Treasury Securities, U.S. Department of the Treasury, July 17, 2013, The commercial and financial dependence on the US is a cause for concern.JOURNAL, Thompson, Adam, Mexico, Economics: The US casts a long shadow, Financial Times, June 20, 2006,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, October 23, 2012, The remittances from Mexican citizens working in the United States account for 0.2% of Mexico's GDPWEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink June 25, 2004, Workers' Remittances to Mexico â€“ Business Frontier, Issue 1, 2004 â€“ FRB Dallas,, July 10, 2003, May 30, 2010, which was equal to US$20 billion per year in 2004 and is the tenth largest source of foreign income after oil, industrial exports, manufactured goods, electronics, heavy industry, automobiles, construction, food, banking and financial services.WEB,weblink Free Preview of Members-Only Content, Stratfor, August 30, 2007, May 30, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 7, 2012, According to Mexico's central bank, remittances in 2008 amounted to $25bn.NEWS,weblink Slowdown hits Mexico remittances, January 27, 2009, May 6, 2009, BBC News, By 2050, Mexico could potentially become the world's fifth or seventh largest economy.WEB,weblink Mexico 2050: The World's Fifth Largest Economy, March 17, 2010, July 12, 2013, WEB,weblink World in 2050 – The BRICs and beyond: prospects, challenges and opportunities, PwC Economics,weblink" title="">weblink February 22, 2013, dead, July 17, 2013,


The telecommunications industry is mostly dominated by Telmex (Teléfonos de México), privatized in 1990. By 2006, Telmex had expanded its operations to Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and the United States. Other players in the domestic industry are Axtel, Maxcom, Alestra, Marcatel, AT&T Mexico.WEB,, Mexico - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses,weblink 2019, July 15, 2019, Because of Mexican orography, providing a landline telephone service at remote mountainous areas is expensive, and the penetration of line-phones per capita is low compared to other Latin American countries, at 40 percent; however, 82% of Mexicans over the age of 14 own a mobile phone. Mobile telephony has the advantage of reaching all areas at a lower cost, and the total number of mobile lines is almost two times that of landlines, with an estimation of 63 million lines.WEB,weblink Communications, CIA Factbook, July 17, 2013, The telecommunication industry is regulated by the government through Cofetel (Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones).The Mexican satellite system is domestic and operates 120 earth stations. There is also extensive microwave radio relay network and considerable use of fiber-optic and coaxial cable. Mexican satellites are operated by Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex), a private company, leader in Latin America and servicing both North and South America.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink September 15, 2009, Satmex. Linking the Americas, September 15, 2009, July 17, 2013, It offers broadcast, telephone and telecommunication services to 37 countries in the Americas, from Canada to Argentina. Through business partnerships Satmex provides high-speed connectivity to ISPs and Digital Broadcast Services.WEB, Source: Arianespace,weblink Mexican Operator Satmex Has Chosen Arianespace to Launch Its New Satmex 6 Satellite,, February 14, 2002, August 8, 2011, Satmex maintains its own satellite fleet with most of the fleet being designed and built in Mexico.Major players in the broadcasting industry are Televisa, the largest Mexican media company in the Spanish-speaking world,WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink December 14, 2007, Televisa Brings 2006 FIFA World Cup to Mexico in HD With Snell & Wilcox Kahuna SD/HD Production Switcher,, May 30, 2010, TV Azteca and Imagen Televisión.


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|caption2 = The Central Geotermoeléctrica Azufres III in Michoacán. 100% of the electricity produced in Michoacán comes from renewable sources.WEB, Peña Nieto inaugurará central geotérmica en Michoacán,weblink Excelsior, January 12, 2016, 90% comes from hydroelectric plants, and 10% from the Azufres Geothermal Field.
Energy production in Mexico is managed by the state-owned companies Federal Commission of Electricity and Pemex.Pemex, the public company in charge of exploration, extraction, transportation and marketing of crude oil and natural gas, as well as the refining and distribution of petroleum products and petrochemicals, is one of the largest companies in the world by revenue, making US$86 billion in sales a year.WEB,weblink Top 500 Companies in Latin America, February 16, 2007, América Economia, Requires subscription, {{dead link|date=July 2019|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}NEWS,weblink Fortune Global 500 2010: 64. Pemex, Fortune, July 26, 2010, WEB,weblink FT Non-Public 150 â€“ the full list, December 14, 2006, July 26, 2010, Mexico is the sixth-largest oil producer in the world, with 3.7 million barrels per day.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink February 16, 2007, Top World Oil Net Exporters and Producers, February 16, 2007, Energy Information Administration, In 1980 oil exports accounted for 61.6% of total exports; by 2000 it was only 7.3%.The largest hydro plant in Mexico is the 2,400 MW Manuel Moreno Torres Dam in Chicoasén, Chiapas, in the Grijalva River. This is the world's fourth most productive hydroelectric plant.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink March 9, 2006, EIA,, October 30, 2010, Mexico is the country with the world's third largest solar potential.Sener & GTZ 2006 The country's gross solar potential is estimated at 5kWh/m2 daily, which corresponds to 50 times national electricity generation.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, October 3, 2008, Perspectiva Del Mercado De La Energía Renovable En México, October 30, 2010, Currently, there is over 1 million square meters of solar thermal panelsSENER 2009b installed in Mexico, while in 2005, there were 115,000 square meters of solar PV (photo-voltaic). It is expected that in 2012 there will be 1,8 million square meters of installed solar thermal panels.The project named SEGH-CFE 1, located in Puerto Libertad, Sonora, Northwest of Mexico, will have capacity of 46.8 MW from an array of 187,200 solar panels when complete in 2013.Sonora Energy Group Hermosillo All of the electricity will be sold directly to the CFE and absorbed into the utility's transmission system for distribution throughout their existing network. At an installed capacity of 46.8 MWp, when complete in 2013, the project will be the first utility scale project of its kind in Mexico and the largest solar project of any kind in Latin America.

Science and technology

The National Autonomous University of Mexico was officially established in 1910,Coerver, Pasztor & Buffington (2004), p. 161 and the university became one of the most important institutes of higher learning in Mexico.Summerfield, Devine & Levi (1998), p. 285 UNAM provides world class education in science, medicine, and engineering.Summerfield, Devine & Levi (1998), p. 286 Many scientific institutes and new institutes of higher learning, such as National Polytechnic Institute (founded in 1936),Forest & Altbach (2006), p. 882 were established during the first half of the 20th century. Most of the new research institutes were created within UNAM. Twelve institutes were integrated into UNAM from 1929 to 1973.Fortes & Lomnitz (1990), p. 18 In 1959, the Mexican Academy of Sciences was created to coordinate scientific efforts between academics.In 1995, the Mexican chemist Mario J. Molina shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Paul J. Crutzen and F. Sherwood Rowland for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone.WEB,weblink The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1995, January 2, 2009,, Nobel Foundation, Molina, an alumnus of UNAM, became the first Mexican citizen to win the Nobel Prize in science.WEB,weblink Molina wins Nobel Prize for ozone work, January 2, 2009, Thomson, Elizabeth A., October 18, 1995, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, In recent years, the largest scientific project being developed in Mexico was the construction of the Large Millimeter Telescope (Gran Telescopio Milimétrico, GMT), the world's largest and most sensitive single-aperture telescope in its frequency range.{{Page needed|date=January 2011}}Unravelling unidentified γ-ray sources with the large millimeter telescope, Alberto Carramiñana and the LMT-GTM collaboration, in The Multi-Messenger Approach to High-Energy Gamma-Ray Sources, Josep M. Paredes, Olaf Reimer, and Diego F. Torres, eds., Springer Netherlands, 2007. {{ISBN|978-1-4020-6117-2}}. It was designed to observe regions of space obscured by stellar dust.


File:Calle del centro de morelia.jpg|thumb|Street in the historic center of MoreliaMoreliaMexico has traditionally been among the most visited countries in the world according to the World Tourism Organization and it is the most visited country in the Americas after the United States. The most notable attractions are the Mesoamerican ruins, cultural festivals, colonial cities, nature reserves and the beach resorts. The nation's wide range of climates, from temperate to tropical, and unique culture – a fusion of the European and the Mesoamerican – make Mexico an attractive destination. The peak tourism seasons in the country are during December and the mid-Summer, with brief surges during the week before Easter and Spring break, when many of the beach resort sites become popular destinations for college students from the United States.File:20 de noviembre de zapopan.jpg|alt=November 20 Way in Zapopan|thumb|November 20 Way in Zapopan, JaliscoJalisco As of 2017, Mexico was the 6th most visited country in the world and had the 15th highest income from tourism in the world which is also the highest in Latin America.BOOK, UNWTO Tourism Highlights: 2018 Edition {{!, World Tourism Organization|language=en|doi=10.18111/9789284419029|year=2017|isbn=9789284419029}} The vast majority of tourists come to Mexico from the United States and Canada followed by Europe and Asia. A smaller number also come from other Latin American countries."WEB,weblink Turismo de internación 2001–2005, Visitantes internacionales hacia México, Secretaría de Turismo (SECTUR), SECTUR, July 26, 2008, 2006, Spanish,weblink" title="">weblink June 10, 2008, pp. 5 In the 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, Mexico was ranked 22nd in the world, which was 3rd in the Americas.WEB, The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017, World Economic Forum,weblink April 2017, The coastlines of Mexico harbor many stretches of beaches that are frequented by sunbathers and other visitors. According to national law, the entirety of the coastlines are under federal ownership, that is, all beaches in the country are public. On the Yucatán peninsula, one of the most popular beach destinations is the resort town of Cancún, especially among university students during spring break. Just offshore is the beach island of Isla Mujeres, and to the east is the Isla Holbox. To the south of Cancun is the coastal strip called Riviera Maya which includes the beach town of Playa del Carmen and the ecological parks of Xcaret and Xel-Há. A day trip to the south of Cancún is the historic port of Tulum. In addition to its beaches, the town of Tulum is notable for its cliff-side Mayan ruins.On the Pacific coast is the notable tourist destination of Acapulco. Once the destination for the rich and famous, the beaches have become crowded and the shores are now home to many multi-story hotels and vendors. Acapulco is home to renowned cliff divers: trained divers who leap from the side of a vertical cliff into the surf below.At the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula is the resort town of Cabo San Lucas, a town noted for its beaches and marlin fishing.WEB,weblink Cabo Fishing Information – Sport Fishing in Los Cabos,, April 23, 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 2, 2013, Further north along the Sea of Cortés is the Bahía de La Concepción, another beach town known for its sports fishing. Closer to the United States border is the weekend draw of San Felipe, Baja California.


File:Puente Baluarte, Mexico6.jpg|thumb|The Baluarte BridgeBaluarte BridgeThe roadway network in Mexico is extensive and all areas in the country are covered by it.WEB,weblink Mexico Infrastructure, power and Communications, National Economies Encyclopedia, January 13, 2007, The roadway network in Mexico has an extent of {{convert|366,095|km|mi|abbr=on}},WEB,weblink CIA World Factbook, CIA, December 20, 2010, of which {{convert|116,802|km|mi|abbr=on}} are paved,WEB,weblink Infraestructura Carretera,, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes, México, January 13, 2007, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 16, 2007, making it the largest paved-roadway network in Latin America.With data from The World Factbook Of these, {{convert|10,474|km|mi|abbr=on}} are multi-lane expressways: {{convert|9,544|km|mi|abbr=on}} are four-lane highways and the rest have 6 or more lanes.Mexico was one of the first Latin American countries to promote railway development, and the network covers {{convert|30,952|km|mi|abbr=on}}.WEB,weblink Infrastructure, Power and Communications, Mexic, Encyclopedia of the Nations, July 17, 2013, The Secretary of Communications and Transport of Mexico proposed a high-speed rail link that will transport its passengers from Mexico City to Guadalajara, Jalisco.WEB,weblink Mexico reviving travel by train,, January 6, 2006, October 30, 2010, {{Dead link|date=July 2013}}WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink April 30, 2011, Bullet Train To Mexico City Looks To Be Back On Track ?, Guadalajara Reporter, October 17, 2003, October 30, 2010, The train, which will travel at {{convert|300|km/h|abbr=off}},WEB,weblink Project for a Mexico City â€“ Guadalajara High Speed Line. Rail transport engineering, public transport engineering, Systra, October 30, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 1, 2011, will allow passengers to travel from Mexico City to Guadalajara in just 2 hours. The whole project was projected to cost 240 billion pesos, or about 25 billion US$ and is being paid for jointly by the Mexican government and the local private sector including the wealthiest man in the world, Mexico's billionaire business tycoon Carlos Slim.NEWS,weblink The America's Intelligence Wire, Slim to invest in Santa Cruz, January 21, 2005, dead,weblink" title="">weblink January 18, 2012, The government of the state of Yucatán is also funding the construction of a high speed line connecting the cities of Cozumel to Mérida and Chichen Itza and Cancún.WEB,weblink Mexico Real Estate In Yucatan to Benefit from New Bullet Train,, August 25, 2010, October 30, 2010, Mexico has 233 airports with paved runways; of these, 35 carry 97% of the passenger traffic. The Mexico City International Airport remains the busiest in Latin America and the 36th busiest in the worldWEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink May 31, 2008, Acerca del AICM. Posicionamiento del Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (AICM) con los 50 aeropuertos más importantes del mundo, AICM, May 30, 2010, transporting 45 million passengers a year.WEB,weblink Statistics Mexico City airport, Mexico City International Airport, January 12, 2018,weblink January 14, 2018, dead,

Water supply and sanitation

Among the achievements is a significant increase in access to piped water supply in urban areas (88% to 93%) as well as in rural areas (50% to 74%) between 1990 and 2010. Additionally, a strong nationwide increase in access to improved sanitation (64% to 85%) was observed in the same period. Other achievements include the existence of a functioning national system to finance water and sanitation infrastructure with a National Water Commission as its apex institution; and the existence of a few well-performing utilities such as Aguas y Drenaje de Monterrey.The challenges include water scarcity in the northern and central parts of the country; inadequate water service quality (drinking water quality; 11% of Mexicans receiving water only intermittently as of 2014);"Sin acceso a agua potable 22 millones de Mexicanos Grupo Milenio", Grupo Milenio, Retrieved on August 28, 2017. poor technical and commercial efficiency of most utilities (with an average level of non-revenue water of 43.2% in 2010);"En México se desperdicía el 43.2% de agua", Retrieved on August 28, 2017. an insufficient share of wastewater receiving treatment (36% in 2006); and still inadequate access in rural areas. In addition to on-going investments to expand access, the government has embarked on a large investment program to improve wastewater treatment.


{{Historical populations|type =|footnote = Source: INEGI 15160369 14334780 19653552 34923129 66846833 97483412 121005816}}Throughout the 19th century, the population of Mexico had barely doubled. This trend continued during the first two decades of the 20th century, and even in the 1920 census there was a loss of about 2 million inhabitants. The phenomenon can be explained because during the decade from 1910 to 1920 the Mexican Revolution took place.(File:Mexicopop.svg|thumb|Population pyramid, 2017)The growth rate increased dramatically between the 1930s and the 1980s, when the country registered growth rates of over 3% (1950–1980). The Mexican population doubled in twenty years, and at that rate it was expected that by the year 2000 there would be 120 million Mexicans. Life expectancy went from 36 years (in 1895) to 72 years (in the year 2000).According to estimations made by Mexico's National Geography and Statistics Institute, as of 2017 Mexico has 123.5 million inhabitants"Mexico cuenta con 123.5 millones de habitantes", Retrieved on July 26, 2017. making it the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world.WEB, Spanish Language History, Today Translations,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink April 17, 2005, October 1, 2007, Between 2005 and 2010, the Mexican population grew at an average of 1.70% per year, up from 1.16% per year between 2000 and 2005.Even though Mexico is a very ethnically diverse country, research about ethnicity has largely been a forgotten field, in consequence of the post-revolutionary efforts of Mexico's government to unify all non-indigenous Mexicans under a single ethnic identity (that of the "Mestizo"). As a result, since 1930 the only explicit ethnic classification that has been included in Mexican censuses has been that of "Indigenous peoples".en el censo de 1930 el gobierno mexicano dejó de clasificar a la población del país en tres categorías raciales, blanco, mestizo e indígena, y adoptó una nueva clasificación étnica que distinguía a los hablantes de lenguas indígenas del resto de la población, es decir de los hablantes de español. {{webarchive|url= |date=August 23, 2013 }} Even then, across the years the government has used different criteria to count Indigenous peoples, with each of them returning considerably different numbers. It is not until very recently that the Mexican government begun conducting surveys that considered the Afro-Mexican and Euro-Mexican population that lives in the country.{{As of|2017}}, it is estimated that 1.2 million foreigners have settled in the country,WEB, Table 1: Total migrant stock at mid-year by origin and by major area, region, country or area of destination, 2017,weblink United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, September 9, 2018, up from nearly 1 million in 2010.WEB, Principales resultados de la Encuesta Intercensal 2015 Estados Unidos Mexicanos,weblink INEGI, September 9, 2018, 1, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 10, 2015, mdy, The vast majority of migrants come from the United States (900,000), making Mexico the top destination for U.S. citizens abroad.WEB,weblink These are our Numbers: Civilian Americans Overseas and Voter Turnout, Smith, Dr. Claire M., August 2010, OVF Research Newsletter, Overseas Vote Foundation, September 9, 2018, Previous research indicates that the number of U.S. Americans living in Mexico is around 1 million, with 600,000 of those living in Mexico City., The second largest group comes from neighboring Guatemala (54,500), followed by Spain (27,600). Other major sources of migration are fellow Latin American countries, which include Colombia (20,600), Argentina (19,200) and Cuba (18,100). Historically, the Lebanese diaspora and the German-born Mennonite migration have left a notorious impact in the country's culture, particularly in its cuisine and traditional music.WEB,weblink Los árabes de México. Asimilación y herencia cultural, December 2005, Spanish, April 17, 2010, live,weblink March 27, 2009, WEB,weblink Los Menonitas en México, Fundación UNAM, August 28, 2013, September 9, 2018, At the turn of the 21st century, several trends have increased the number of foreigners residing in the country such as the 2008–2014 Spanish financial crisis,WEB,weblink México atrae a españoles desempleados, CNN, April 24, 2013, September 9, 2018, increasing gang-related violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America,WEB,weblink Crece 580% migración a México, El Sol de México, March 25, 2018, September 9, 2018, the ongoing political and economic crisis in Venezuela,WEB,weblink Por la crisis, llegan a México más venezolanos expulsados, Milenio, May 5, 2017, September 9, 2018, WEB,weblink Una crisis migratoria en América del Sur: la salida de venezolanos pone a prueba la hospitalidad de países vecinos, La Patilla, July 19, 2018, September 9, 2018, and the automotive industry boom led by Japanese and South Korean investment.WEB,weblink Japoneses hacen de Guanajuato su hogar, El Sol de México, December 4, 2017, September 9, 2018, WEB,weblink Pesquería, el municipio de NL 'inundado' de coreanos, El Sol de México, June 27, 2018, September 9, 2018,

Ethnicity and race

File:Ignacio María Barreda - Las castas mexicanas.jpg|thumb|Depiction of the castacastaDespite being a notoriously diverse country; the big majority of Mexicans are united under the same national identity.Wimmer, Andreas, 2002. Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict: Shadows of Modernity, Cambridge University Press page 115 This being the product of an ideology strongly promoted by Mexican academics and politicians such as Manuel Gamio and José Vasconcelos known as mestizaje, whose goal was that of Mexico becoming a racially and culturally homogeneous country,Knight, Alan. 1990. "Racism, Revolution and indigenismo: Mexico 1910–1940". Chapter 4 in The Idea of Race in Latin America, 1870–1940. Richard Graham (ed.) pp. 78–85BOOK, Hall Steckel, Richard, R. Haines, Michael, A population history of North America,weblink Cambridge University Press, 2000, 621, 978-0-521-49666-7, which in practice was reflected in Mexico's national censuses of 1921 and 1930: According to the former, approximately 60% of Mexico's population identified as Mestizos,WEB,weblink mestizo (people),, October 30, 2010, and in the later, Mexico's government declared that all Mexicans were now Mestizos, for which racial classifications would be dropped in favor of language-based ones in future censuses. Nowadays, historians and academics consider that a good number of people were classified under the "mestizo identity" by the government regardless of whether they were of mixed ancestry or not,WEB,weblink Al respecto no debe olvidarse que en estos países buena parte de las personas consideradas biológicamente blancas son mestizas en el aspecto cultural, el que aquí nos interesa (p. 196),, March 16, 2005, June 27, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 22, 2013, Bartolomé, Miguel Alberto. (1996) "Pluralismo cultural y redefinicion del estado en México". in Coloquio sobre derechos indígenas, Oaxaca, IOC.weblink p. 2 as the population trends reported in those censuses are incongruent with those exhibited in earlier censuses"México sin mestizaje: una reinterpretación de nuestra historia", UNAM, 2016, Retrieved on March 13, 2019. and modern research has observed that when asked directly about their ethno-racial identification, many Mexicans do not identify as Mestizos,JOURNAL, 10.1007/s12394-010-0074-7, "The Map of the Mexican's Genome": Overlapping national identity, and population genomics, Identity in the Information Society, 3, 3, 489–514, 2010, Schwartz-Marín, Ernesto, Silva-Zolezzi, Irma, 10871/33766, being also noted that ethnoracial labels such as "White" or "Indian" are far more prominent in everyday Mexican society than the "Mestizo" one is, whose use is mostly limited to intellectual circles. The total percentage of Mexico's indigenous peoples tends to vary depending of the criteria used by the government on its censuses: it is 5.4% if the ability to speak an indigenous language is used as the criteria to define a person as indigenous,WEB,weblink Indicadores seleccionados sobre la población hablante de lengua indígena, 1950 a 2005,, December 10, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink January 18, 2012, if racial self-identification is used it is 14.9%WEB,weblink Síntesis de Resultados, Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas, 2006, December 22, 2010, {{efn|1=Defined as persons who live in a household where an indigenous language is spoken by one of the adult family members, and or people who self-identified as indigenous ("Criteria del hogar: De esta manera, se establece, que los hogares indígenas son aquellos en donde el jefe y/o el cónyuge y/o padre o madre del jefe y/o suegro o suegra del jefe hablan una lengua indígena y también aquellos que declararon pertenecer a un grupo indígena."WEB,weblink ¿Qué es y cómo se determina un hogar indígena?, es, What is and how an indigenous home is determined?, Preguntas frecuentes [Frequent questions], February 23, 2009, CDI. Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas [CDI. National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 1, 2011, ) AND persons who speak an indigenous language but who do not live in such a household ("Por lo antes mencionado, la Comisión Nacional Para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas de México (CDI) considera población indígena (PI) a todas las personas que forman parte de un hogar indígena, donde el jefe(a) del hogar, su cónyuge y/o alguno de los ascendientes (madre o padre, madrastra o padrastro, abuelo(a), bisabuelo(a), tatarabuelo(a), suegro(a)) declaro ser hablante de lengua indígena. Además, también incluye a personas que declararon hablar alguna lengua indígena y que no forman parte de estos hogares."WEB,weblink Sistema de información e indicadores sobre la población indígena de México, es, Information system and indicators on the indigenous population of Mexico, Indicadores y estadísticas [Indicators and statistics], CDI. Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas [CDI. National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 1, 2011, )}} and if people who consider themselves part indigenous are also included it amounts to 23%."Encuesta Intercensal 2015", "INEGI", Mexico, December 2015. Retrieved on April 28, 2017. Nonetheless, all the censuses conclude that the majority of Mexico's indigenous population is concentrated in rural areas of the southern and south-eastern Mexican states such asWEB,weblink Indicadores socioeconómicos de los pueblos indígenas, es, Socio-economic indicators of indigenous peoples, Información, Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink November 15, 2004, Yucatán at 59%, Quintana Roo 39% and Campeche 27%, who are chiefly Maya; Oaxaca with 48% of the population, the most numerous groups being the Mixtec and Zapotec peoples; Chiapas at 28%, the majority being Tzeltal and Tzotzil Maya; Hidalgo 24%, the majority being Otomi; Puebla 19%, and Guerrero 17%, mostly Nahua peoples and the states of San Luis Potosí and Veracruz are both home to a population that is 15% indigenous, mostly from the Totonac, Nahua and Teenek (Huastec) groups.WEB,weblink La Población Indigena en México, Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI), July 17, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 9, 2013, BOOK, Navarrete Linares, Federico, Los pueblos indígenas de México, es, Indigenous peoples of Mexico, México, CDI, 2008,weblink 978-970-753-157-4,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink November 30, 2011, All of the indices of social development for the indigenous population are considerably lower than the national average which is motive of concern for Mexico's government.Similarly to Mestizo and indigenous peoples, estimates of the percentage of European-descended Mexicans vary considerably: according to the Encyclopædia Britannica which uses as reference the 1921 census, their numbers range from around 10%–20%. (the results of the 1921 census, however, have been contested by various historians and deemed inaccurate).BOOK, Federico, Navarrete Linares, Mexico Racista,weblink February 23, 2018, 2016, Penguin Random house Grupo Editorial Mexico, 9786073143646, 86, Recent nationwide field surveys that account for different phenotypical traits (hair color, skin color etc.) on the other hand, report rather higher percentages, with it being between 18%"Stratification by Skin Color in Contemporary Mexico", Jstor org, available creating a free account , Retrieved on January 27, 2018.-23%"Racismo y salud mental en estudiantes universitarios en la Ciudad de México", Scielo, Cuernavaca, April–March 2011. Retrieved on April 28, 2017. if the criteria is the presence of blond hair, and of 47% if the criteria is skin color, with the later surveys having been conducted by Mexico's government."21 de Marzo Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial" pag.7, CONAPRED, Mexico, March 21. Retrieved on April 28, 2017."Encuesta Nacional Sobre Discriminación en Mexico", "CONAPRED", Mexico DF, June 2011. Retrieved on April 28, 2017."DOCUMENTO INFORMATIVO SOBRE DISCRIMINACIÓN RACIAL EN MÉXICO", CONAPRED, Mexico, March 21, 2011, retrieved on April 28, 2017."Encuesta Nacional sobre Discriminación 2017", CNDH, August 6, 2018, Retrieved on August 9, 2018."Visión INEGI 2021 Dr. Julio Santaella Castell", INEGI, July 3, 2017, Retrieved on April 30, 2018. While during the colonial era, most of the European migration into Mexico was Spanish, in the 19th and 20th centuries a substantial number of non-Spanish Europeans immigrated to the country,WEB,weblink El mestizaje y las culturas, Federico, Navarrete Linares, México Multicultural, UNAM, Mexico, Spanish, Mixed race and cultures, July 19, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 23, 2013, with Europeans often being the most numerous ethnic group in colonial Mexican cities.BOOK, Sherburne Friend Cook, Woodrow Borah, Ensayos sobre historia de la población. México y el Caribe 2,weblink September 12, 2017, 1998, Siglo XXI, 9789682301063, 223, "Ser mestizo en la nueva España a fines del siglo XVIII. Acatzingo, 1792", Scielo, Jujuy, November 2000. Retrieved on July 1, 2017. Nowadays Mexico's northern and western regions have the highest percentages of European populations, with the majority of the people not having native admixture or being of predominantly European ancestry.BOOK, Howard F. Cline, THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO,weblink May 18, 2017, 1963, Harvard University Press, 9780674497061, 104, File:Capilla de San Francisco Puebla.jpg|thumb|Puebla de Zaragoza is the most populated city of PueblaPueblaThe Afro-Mexican population (1,381,853 individuals {{As of|2015|lc=y}})WEB, Presentación de la Encuesta Intercensal- Principales resultados,weblink INEGI, September 28, 2016, is an ethnic group made up of descendants of Colonial-era slaves and recent immigrants of sub-Saharan African descent. Mexico had an active slave trade during the colonial period, and some 200,000 Africans were taken there, primarily in the 17th century. The creation of a national Mexican identity, especially after the Mexican Revolution, emphasized Mexico's indigenous and European past; it passively eliminated the African ancestors and contributions. Most of the African-descended population was absorbed into the surrounding Mestizo (mixed European/indigenous) and indigenous populations through unions among the groups. Evidence of this long history of intermarriage with Mestizo and indigenous Mexicans is also expressed in the fact that in the 2015 inter-census, 64.9% (896,829) of Afro-Mexicans also identified as indigenous. It was also reported that 9.3% of Afro-Mexicans speak an indigenous language.Encuesta Intercensal 2015 The states with the highest self-report of Afro-Mexicans were Guerrero (6.5% of the population), Oaxaca (4.95%) and Veracruz (3.28%).WEB, Tabulados de la Encuesta Intercensal 2015,weblink INEGI, December 24, 2015, Afro-Mexican culture is strongest in the communities of the Costa Chica of Oaxaca and Costa Chica of Guerrero.During the early 20th century, a substantial number of Arabs (mostly Christians)WEB,weblink Find Local Contractors – Home Remodeling Contractors on Ecnext,, began arriving from the crumbling Ottoman Empire. The largest group were the Lebanese and an estimated 400,000 Mexicans have some Lebanese ancestry.NEWSPAPER, The biggest enchilada,weblink The Telegraph, February 28, 2015, July 7, 2007, Langley, William, Smaller ethnic groups in Mexico include South and East Asians, present since the colonial era. During the colonial era Asians were termed Chino (regardless of ethnicity), and arrived as merchants, artisans and slaves.BOOK, Tatiana Seijas, Asian Slaves in Colonial Mexico: From Chinos to Indian,weblink 2014, Cambridge University Press, 9781107063129, 21, A study by Juan Esteban Rodríguez, a graduate student at the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity, indicated that up to one third of people sampled from Guerrero state had significantly more Asian ancestry than most Mexicans, primarily Filipino or Indonesian.Latin America's lost histories revealed in modern DNA By Lizzie WadeFilipinos in Mexican History {{webarchive|url= |date=October 15, 2007 }} Modern Asian immigration began in the late 19th century, and at one point in the early 20th century the Chinese were the second largest immigrant group.BOOK, Chao Romero, Robert, The Chinese in Mexico, 1882–1940, 1. Introduction, 2011, University of Arizona Press, 9780816508198, 1,weblink October 1, 2016, The Chinese in Mexico,

Official censuses

The first census in Mexico (then known as New Spain) that included an ethnic classification was the 1793 census. Also known as the Revillagigedo census. Most of its original datasets have reportedly been lost, thus most of what is known about it nowadays comes from essays and field investigations made by academics who had access to the census data and used it as reference for their works such as Prussian geographer Alexander von Humboldt. According to said works Europeans ranged from 18% to 22% of New Spain's population, Mestizos from 21% to 25%, Indians from 51% to 61% and Africans were between 6,000 and 10,000. The total population ranged from 3,799,561 to 6,122,354. It is concluded that the population growth trends of whites and mestizos were even, while the percentage of the indigenous population decreased at a rate of 13%–17% per century mostly due the later having higher mortality rates for living in remote locations and being in constant war with the colonists."Consideraciones sobre la población de la Nueva España (1793–1810)" {{Webarchive|url= |date=July 31, 2017 }}, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico, Retrieved on July 24, 2017. Anthropologist (:es:Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán|Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán) goes beyond said numbers and splits the Mestizo group into "Euromestizos", "Indomestizos" and "Afromestizos" calculating their numbers at more than one million, 700,000 and 600,000 respectively.BOOK, Historia de Mexico, Legado Historico Y Pasado Reciente, 2004, Pearson Educación, Table 2.1, 9789702605232,weblink October 1, 2016, Chapter 2, Independent-era Mexico eliminated the legal basis of the Colonial caste system which led to exclusion of racial classification in the censuses to come.According to Mexico's second census ever that considered race, made right after the Mexican revolution in 1921,WEB,weblink John P. Schmal,,, 59% of Mexico's population was Mestizo, 29% was Indigenous and only 9% was European, with Mestizos being the most numerous ethno-racial group in almost all the states. For a long time this census' results were taken as fact, with extraofficial international publications such as The World Factbook and Encyclopædia Britannica using them as a reference to estimate Mexico's racial composition up to this day.WEB, North America: Mexico,weblink The World Factbook, April 11, 2014, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Ethnic groups, mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) 60%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian 30%, white 9%, other 1%, In recent time nonetheless, Mexican academics have subjected the census' results to scrutiny, claiming that such a drastic alteration in demographic trends in regards to the 1793 census is not possible and cite, among other statistics the relatively low frequency of marriages between people of different continental ancestries in colonial and early independent Mexico.weblink" title="">"El mestizaje es un mito, la identidad cultural sí importa" Istmo, Mexico, Retrieved on July 25, 2017. Said authors claim that the Mexican society went through a "more cultural than biological mestizaje process" sponsored by the state in its efforts to unify the Mexican population which resulted in the inflation of the percentage of the Mestizo Mexican group at the expense of the identity of the other races that exist in Mexico."Más desindianización que mestizaje. Una relectura de los censos generales de población" {{Webarchive|url= |date=July 31, 2017 }} INAH, Mexico, Retrieved on July 25, 2017.In recent times the Mexican government has decided to conduct new ethnic surveys and censuses, also widening the criteria to classify the ethnicities who were already considered such as the Indigenous Mexican one, which was previously reserved to people who lived in indigenous communities or spoke an indigenous language. According to these recent surveys, Indigenous peoples amount to 23% of Mexico's population (including people who declared to be partially indigenous), Afro-Mexicans are 2% of Mexico's population (including people who declared to be partially African) and White or European Mexicans amount to 47% of Mexico's population (based on appearance rather than on self-declared of ancestry)."Resultados del Modulo de Movilidad Social Intergeneracional", INEGI, June 16, 2017, Retrieved on April 30, 2018. Less numerous groups in Mexico such as Asians and Middle Easterners are also accounted for. Out of all the ethnic groups that have recently been surveyed, that of Mestizos is notably absent, which may be consequence of the ethnic label's fluid and subjective definition, which complicates a precise calculation as well the tendency that Mexicans have to identify people with "static" ethnic labels rather than "fluid" ones.WEB, El mestizaje en Mexico, es, The miscegenation in Mexico, Federico, Navarrete Linares,weblink July 31, 2017,weblink" title="">weblink August 1, 2017, dead,


In the early 1960s, around 600,000 Mexicans lived abroad, which increased sevenfold by the 1990s to 4.4 million.WEB,weblink Yearbook of Migration and Remittances: Mexico 2018, BBVA Bancomer, BBVA Research, 2018, September 9, 2018, At the turn of the 21st century, this figure more than doubled to 9.5 million. As of 2017, it is estimated that 12.9 million Mexicans live abroad, primarily in the United States, which concentrates nearly 98% of the expatriate population. The majority of Mexicans have settled in states such as California, Texas and Illinois, particularly around the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.WEB,weblink Mexican Migrants in the United States, Migration Policy Institute, March 17, 2016, September 9, 2018, As a result of these major migration flows in recent decades, around 36 million U.S. residents, or 11.2% of the country's population, identified as being of full or partial Mexican ancestry.WEB,weblink Hispanic or Latino Origin by Specific Origin, U.S. Census Bureau, 2016, September 9, 2018, The remaining 2% of expatriates have settled in Canada (86,000), primarily in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec,WEB,weblink 2011 National Household Survey, Statistics Canada, May 8, 2013, September 9, 2018, followed by Spain (49,000) and Germany (18,000), both European destinations represent almost two-thirds of the Mexican population living in the continent. As for Latin America, it is estimated that 69,000 Mexicans live in the region, Guatemala (18,000) being the top destination for expatriates, followed by Bolivia (10,000) and Panama (5,000).


Spanish is the de facto national language spoken by the vast majority of the population, making Mexico the world's most populous Hispanophone country.{{Ethnologue18|spa|Spanish → Mexico}} Mexican Spanish is the set of varieties of the language spoken in the country, which differs from one region to another phonetically, syntactically and lexically.BOOK, Concise Encyclopedia of Mexico, Michael S. Werner, Taylor & Francis, 2001,weblink 443, 444, 445, 9781579583378, In general, Mexican Spanish does not make any phonetic distinction among the letters s and z, as well as c when preceding the vowels e and i, as opposed to Peninsular Spanish. The letters b and v have the same pronunciation as well. Furthermore, the usage of vos, the second person singular pronoun, found in several Latin American varieties, is replaced by tú; whereas vosotros, the second person plural pronoun, fell out of use and was effectively replaced by ustedes. In written form, the Spanish Royal Academy serves as the primary guideline for spelling, except for words of Amerindian origin that retain their original phonology such as cenzontle instead of sinzontle and México not Méjico. Words of foreign origin also maintain their original spelling such as whisky and film, as opposed to güisqui and filme as the Royal Academy suggests. The letter x is distinctly used in Mexican Spanish, which may be pronounced as {{IPA|[ks]}} (as in oxígeno or taxi), as {{IPA|[ʃ]}} particularly in Amerindian words (e.g. mixiote, Xola and uxmal) and as the voiceless velar fricative {{IPAblink|x}} (such as Texas and Oaxaca).The federal government officially recognizes sixty-eight linguistic groups and 364 varieties of indigenous languages.JOURNAL, INALI [Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas], Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas, January 14, 2008, Catálogo de las lenguas indígenas nacionales: Variantes lingüísticas de México con sus autodenominaciones y referencias geoestadísticas,weblink PDF online facsimile, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Mexico City, 652, 9, 22–78 (first section), 1–96 (second section), 1–112 (third section), 46461036, Spanish, It is estimated that around 8.3 million citizens speak these languages,WEB,weblink Indigenous Languages in Mexico: Speakers Aged Three or Older, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, 2015, September 11, 2018, with Nahuatl being the most widely spoken by more than 1.7 million, followed by Yucatec Maya used daily by nearly 850,000 people, Tzeltal and Tzotzil, two variants of the Mayan languages, are spoken by around half a million people each, primarily in the southern state of Chiapas. Mixtec and Zapotec, both with estimated 500,000 native speakers each, are two other notorious language groups. Since its creation in March 2003, the National Indigenous Languages Institute has been in charge of promoting and protecting the use of the country's indigenous languages, through the General Law of Indigenous Peoples' Linguistic Rights, which recognizes them de jure as "national languages" with equal status as that of Spanish.WEB,weblink Ley General de Derechos Lingüísticos de los Pueblos Indígenas, August 3, 2017, 2003, es, dead,weblink" title="">weblink September 21, 2013, Notwithstanding, in practice, indigenous peoples often face discrimination and are unable to have proper access to public services such as education and healthcare, as well as the justice system, as Spanish is the prominent language.WEB,weblink Model of Accreditation and Certification of Indigenous Languages, National Indigenous Languages Institute, October 2012, 7, Spanish, September 11, 2018, Aside from indigenous languages, there are several minority languages spoken in Mexico due to international migration such as Low German by the 80,000-strong Menonite population, primarily settled in the northern states, fuelled by the tolerance of the federal government towards this community by allowing them to set their own educational system compatible with their customs and traditions.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink February 5, 2007, The Mennonite Old Colony Vision: Under siege in Mexico and the Canadian Connection, September 11, 2018, The Chipilo dialect, a variance of the Venetian language, is spoken in the town of Chipilo, located in the central state of Puebla, by around 2,500 people, mainly descendants of Venetians that migrated to the area in the late 19th century.{{e18|vec|Venetian (Mexico)}} Furthermore, English is the most commonly taught foreign language in Mexico. It is estimated that nearly 24 million, or around a fifth of the population, study the language through public schools, private institutions or self-access channels.WEB,weblink English in Mexico: An examination of policy, perceptions and influencing factors, British Council, May 2015, September 11, 2018, However, a high level of English proficiency is limited to only 5% of the population.WEB,weblink En México sólo 5% de la población habla inglés: IMCO, Becerril, Isabel, El Financiero, Spanish, April 27, 2015, September 11, 2018, Moreover, French is the second most widely taught foreign language, as every year between 200,000 and 250,000 Mexican students enroll in language courses.WEB,weblink Une Langue Pour Apprendre, 132, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, September 6, 2010, French, September 11, 2018, WEB,weblink Cours de français, Ambassade de France à Mexico, French, March 19, 2013, September 11, 2018, WEB,weblink Le Mexique, l'acteur qui monte dans la francophonie d'Amérique, Simon-Clerc, Nathalie, L'Outarde Libérée, French, November 2, 2016, September 11, 2018,

Urban areas

Here are the 20 largest urban areas in Mexico.{{Largest Metropolitan Areas of Mexico}}


{{See also|Religion in Mexico}}{{Bar box|title=Religion in Mexico (2010 census)|titlebar=#ddd|float=right|bars={{Bar percent|Roman Catholicism|yellow|83}}{{Bar percent|Other Christian|skyblue|10}}{{Bar percent|Other Religion|green|0.2}}{{Bar percent|No religion|black|5}}{{Bar percent|Unspecified|gray|3}}}}The 2010 census by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (National Institute of Statistics and Geography) gave Roman Catholicism as the main religion, with 83% of the population, while 10% (10,924,103) belong to other Christian denominations, including Evangelicals (5%); Pentecostals (1.6%); other Protestant or Reformed (0.7%); Jehovah's Witnesses (1.4%); Seventh-day Adventists (0.6%); and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (0.3%).WEB,weblink Censo de Población y Vivienda 2010 – Cuestionario básico, INEGI, March 4, 2011, 172,891 (or less than 0.2% of the total) belonged to other, non-Christian religions; 4.7% declared having no religion; 2.7% were unspecified.File:Nueva Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (JC) 01.JPG|thumb|left|Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico, an ancient Marian title of Amerindian race. This painting of her at the (Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe|Basilica of Guadalupe]] is among her most notable depictions; scientists still debate if it should be dated 1531, the year of the first apparition,{{citation|url=|title=The Apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531|date=October 1, 2002|}} or the 1550s.BOOK,weblink La búsqueda de Juan Diego, Manuel Olimón Nolasco, 2002, Plaza & Janés, 9789681105433, )The 92,924,489 Catholics of Mexico constitute in absolute terms the second largest Catholic community in the world, after Brazil's.WEB,weblink The Largest Catholic Communities, November 10, 2007,, 47% percent of them attend church services weekly.WEB, Church attendance, Study of worldwide rates of religiosity, 1997, University of Michigan,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink September 1, 2006, January 3, 2007, dead, The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, is celebrated on December 12 and is regarded by many Mexicans as the most important religious holiday of their country.WEB, Our Lady of Guadalupe,weblink Catholic Online, October 24, 2011, In spite of this, the Mexican State is officially lay secularist since the separation between religious institutions and the political administration of the nation was enshrined in the 1857, and was ratified in the current Constitution of 1917. José María Morelos noted in his writings that there should be no tolerance for any other religion and the Constitution of 1824 declared that the official religion of the Republic would be Catholic, and from the second half of the 20th century, began a process of introducing creeds different from the Catholic.The 1920s was marked by a religious conflict known as the Cristero War, in which many peasants encouraged by the clergy clashed with the federal government that had decided to enforce the constitutional laws of 1917. Among the measures contemplated by the Magna Carta were the suppression of the monastic orders and the cancellation of all religious worship. The war ended with an agreement between the parties in conflict (Catholic Church and State), by means of which the respective fields of action were defined. Until the middle of the 1990s, the Mexican constitution did not recognize the existence of any religious group. In 1993, a law was enacted whereby the State granted them legal status as "religious associations". This fact allowed the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the Holy See, to which the Mexican State did not recognize as a political entity.File:Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Zapopan (Zapopan, Jalisco) - exterior and plaza.jpg|alt=Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan|thumb|Basilica of Our Lady of ZapopanBasilica of Our Lady of ZapopanAccording to the figures of INEGI, most Mexicans declare themselves Christian and most Catholics (almost 93 million adherents according to the census of 2010).The second Christian group is the Jehovah's Witnesses, which totals more than 1 million adherents, making the Mexican congregation of this Christian branch the second worldwide.{{Citation needed|date=January 2018}} Thirdly find The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are known as Mormons, 2010 census reported 314,932 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, though the church in 2009 claimed to have over one million registered members;WEB, Mexico, Country profile, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Days Saints Newsroom,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink August 25, 2010, dead, March 4, 2011, followed by Church of the La Luz del Mundo, which has its center in "La Hermosa Provincia", a colony of Guadalajara. The denominations Pentecostal also have an important presence, especially in the cities of the border and in the indigenous communities. In fact, Pentecostal churches together have more than 1.3 million adherents, which in net numbers place them as the second Christian creed in Mexico. The situation changes when the different Pentecostal denominations are considered as separate entities. Other groups are growing, such as Iglesia apostólica de la Fe en Cristo Jesús, Mennonites and Seventh-day Adventist Church. Migratory phenomena have led to the proliferation of different aspects of Christianity, including branches Protestants, Eastern Catholic Churches and Eastern Orthodox Church.According to Jacobo Grinberg-Zylberbaum (in texts edited by the National Autonomous University of Mexico), it is remarkable the survival of magic-religious rituals of the old indigenous groups, not only in the current indigenous people but in the mestizos and whites that make up the Mexican rural and urban society. There is often a syncretism between shamanism and the Catholic tradition. Another religion of popular syncretism in Mexico (especially in recent years) is the Santería. This is mainly due to the large number of Cubans who settled in the territory after the Cuban Revolution (mainly in states such as Veracruz and Yucatán). Although Mexico was also a recipient of black slaves from Africa in the 16th century, the apogee of these cults is relatively new.{{Book cite| author = Jacobo Grinberg Zylberbaum | title = Los chamanes de México | date = 1989 | publisher = UNAM School of Psychology | location = Mexico City | isbn = 9686022015 | edition = University of Texas | url =weblink}}In certain regions, the profession of a creed other than the Catholic is seen as a threat to community unity. It is argued that the Catholic religion is part of the ethnic identity, and that the Protestants are not willing to participate in the traditional customs and practices (the tequio or community work, participation in the festivities and similar issues). The refusal of the Protestants is because their religious beliefs do not allow them to participate in the cult of images. In extreme cases, tension between Catholics and Protestants has led to the expulsion or even murder of Protestants in several villages. The best known cases are those of San Juan Chamula,WEB,weblink En Chamula, cambiar religión se considera delito, June 16, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink June 16, 2009, WEB,weblink pol4,, in Chiapas, and San Nicolás, in Ixmiquilpan,WEB,weblink mas-hilo,, Hidalgo.File:The Kid - Diego Rivera.jpg|thumb|Detail of the 1947 Rivera mural, Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central. The mural includes a depiction of La Catrina, a popular satirical character that has become associated with Día de MuertosDía de MuertosA similar argument was presented by a committee of anthropologists to request the government of the Republic to expel the Summer Linguistic Institute (SIL), in the year 1979, which was accused of promoting the division of indigenous peoples by translating the Bible into vernacular languages and evangelizing in a Protestant creed that threatened the integrity of popular cultures. The Mexican government paid attention to the call of the anthropologists and canceled the agreement that had held with the SIL. Conflicts have also occurred in other areas of social life. For example, given that Jehovah's Witnesses are prohibited from surrendering honors to national symbols (something that is done every Monday in Mexican public schools), children who have been educated in that religion were expelled from public schools. This type of problem can only be solved with the intervention of the National Commission of Human Rights, and not always with favorable results for children.The impact of the Catholic religion in Mexico has also caused a fusion of elements. Beyond churches and religious denominations, a phenomenon persists in Mexico that some anthropologists and sociologists call "popular religion", that is, religion as the practice and understanding of the people. In Mexico, the main component is the Catholic religion, to which elements of other beliefs have been added, already of pre-Hispanic, African or Asian origin. In general, popular religiosity is viewed with bad eyes by institutionally structured religions. One of the most exemplary cases of popular religiosity is the cult of Holy Dead (Santa Muerte). The Catholic hierarchy insists on describing it as a satanic cult. However, most of the people who profess this cult declare themselves to be Catholic believers, and consider that there is no contradiction between the tributes they offer to the Christ Child and the adoration of God. Other examples are the representations of the Passion of Christ and the celebration of Day of the Dead, which take place within the framework of the Catholic Christian imaginary, but under a very particular reinterpretation of its protagonists.The presence of Jews in Mexico dates back to 1521, when Hernán Cortés conquered the Aztecs, accompanied by several Conversos.BOOK, Primack, Karen, Jews in places you never thought of, 1998, KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 305,weblink 978-0-88125-608-6, According to the 2010 census, there are 67,476 Jews in Mexico. Islam in Mexico is practiced mostly by Arab Mexicans. In the 2010 census 18,185 Mexicans reported belonging to an Eastern religion, a category which includes a tiny Buddhist population.


{{Further|Women in Mexico}}Until the twentieth century, Mexico was an overwhelmingly rural country, with rural women's status defined within the context of the family and local community. With urbanization beginning in the sixteenth century, following the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire, cities have provided economic and social opportunities not possible within rural villages.{{As of|2014}}, Mexico has the 16th highest rate of homicides committed against women in the world.WEB, Femicide and Impunity in Mexico: A context of structural and generalized violence,weblink March 12, 2014, A study in 1997 showed that the prevalence of domestic violence against women in Mexican marital relationships varies at between 30 and 60 percent of relationships."Health Profile: Mexico" {{webarchive|url= |date=September 10, 2009 }}. United States Agency for International Development (June 2008). Accessed September 7, 2008. {{PD-notice}} The remains of the victims were frequently mutilated.NEWS, Wave Of Femicide Surges Across Mexico, Killing 6 Women Per Day,weblink September 14, 2015, Huffington Post, January 8, 2015, According to a 1997 study, domestic abuse in Mexican culture "is embedded in gender and marital relations fostered in Mexican women's dependence on their spouses for subsistence and for self-esteem, sustained by ideologies of romantic love, by family structure and residential arrangements".JOURNAL, Finkler, Kaja, Gender, domestic violence and sickness in Mexico., Social Science & Medicine, 1997, 45, 8, 1147–1160, 10.1016/s0277-9536(97)00023-3, 9381229, The perpetrators are often the boyfriend, father-in-law, ex-husbands or husbands but only 1.6% of the murder cases led to an arrest and sentencing.


File:TiledBldgs5OrientePuebla.JPG|thumb|right|Talavera potteryTalavera potteryMexican culture reflects the complexity of the country's history through the blending of indigenous cultures and the culture of Spain, imparted during Spain's 300-year occupation of Mexico. Exogenous cultural elements have been incorporated into Mexican culture as time has passed.The Porfirian era (el Porfiriato), in the last quarter of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century, was marked by economic progress and peace. After four decades of civil unrest and war, Mexico saw the development of philosophy and the arts, promoted by President Díaz himself. Since that time, as accentuated during the Mexican Revolution, cultural identity has had its foundation in the mestizaje, of which the indigenous (i.e. Amerindian) element is the core. In light of the various ethnicities that formed the Mexican people, José Vasconcelos in his publication La Raza Cósmica (The Cosmic Race) (1925) defined Mexico to be the melting pot of all races (thus extending the definition of the mestizo) not only biologically but culturally as well.BOOK, Vasconcelos, José, Didier T. Jaén (translator), La Raza Cósmica (The Cosmic Race), The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997, 978-0-8018-5655-6, 160,weblink


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}}Painting is one of the oldest arts in Mexico. Cave painting in Mexican territory is about 7500 years old and has been found in the caves of the Baja California Peninsula. Pre-Hispanic Mexico is present in buildings and caves, in Aztec codices, in ceramics, in garments, etc. .; examples of this are the Maya mural paintings of Bonampak, or those of Teotihuacán, those of Cacaxtla and those of Monte Albán.Mural painting had an important flowering during the 16th century; the same in religious constructions as in houses of lineage; such is the case of the convents of Acolman, Actopan, Huejotzingo, Tecamachalco and Zinacantepec. It is said that they were mainly indigenous painters led by friars who made them. These were also manifested in illustrated manuscripts such as the Matrícula de Tributos.For a time it was believed that the first European painter living in New Spain was Rodrigo de Cifuentes, an apocryphal artist who even came to be attributed works such as The Baptism of the Caciques de Tlaxcala, painting of the main altarpiece of the Convent of San Francisco in Tlaxcala. Among the native painters was Marcos Aquino. The religiosity of the Novohispanos ("New-Spanish") made that the painting was important for the evangelization of the society, the friars realized the graphic skills of the natives, who enriched the baroque and mannerist style. The arrival of several European painters and some students from New Spain, such as Juan Correa, Cristóbal de Villalpando or Miguel Cabrera, who made the walls and altarpieces the main source of the ideological and political expression of artists.The painting of the 19th century had a very marked romantic influence; landscapes and portraits were the greatest expressions of this era. Hermenegildo Bustos is one of the most appreciated painters of the historiography of Mexican art. Other painters in these years were Santiago Rebull, José Salomé Pina, Félix Parra, Eugenio Landesio and his famous disciple, the landscaper José María Velasco Gómez, as well as Julio Ruelas.WEB, Porfiriato Cultura Blogspot, La Cultura en el Porfiriato, Vanessa, Gutierrez, January 14, 2011, July 11, 2019, Spanish, Culture during the Porfiriato,weblink Mexican painting of the 20th century has achieved world renown with figures such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Joaquín Clausell, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, a generation of idealists who marked the image of modern Mexico in the face of strong social and economic criticism. The Oaxacan School quickly gained fame and prestige, diffusion of ancestral and modern culture. Freedom of design is observed in relation to the color and texture of the canvases and murals as a period of transition between the 20th century and the 21st century.Some of the most outstanding painters in the late 20th century and early 21st century: Francisco Toledo was a Mexican Zapotec painter, sculptor, and graphic artist. In a career that spanned seven decades, Toledo produced thousands of works of art and became widely regarded as one of Mexico's most important contemporary artists. Verónica Ruiz de Velasco is a neofigurative painter and muralist. Ruiz de Velasco painted a mural in the American British Cowdray Medical Center inaugurated by Prince Charles. Both Verónica Ruiz de Velasco and Francisco Toledo were students of Rufino Tamayo. Gilberto Aceves Navarro is also considered an important contemporary artist.Throughout history several prominent painters of different nationalities have expressed in their works the face of Mexico. Among the most outstanding we can mention are Daniel Thomas Egerton, Carl Nebel, Thomas Moran, Édouard Manet and Leonora Carrington.


Sculpture in Mexico is strongly manifested in Mesoamerican pre-Columbian cultures (Mayans, Olmecs, Toltecs, Mixtecs, Aztecs), etc., being this generally religious.From the Spanish conquest, civil and religious sculpture is worked by indigenous artists, with guidance from teachers of the peninsula, so some pre-Hispanic features are shown. Since the 17th century, white and mestizo sculptors have created works with a marked influence of European classicism.Romanticism tended to break the strict norms and models of classicism, as it pursued ideas influenced by realism and nationalism. The religious sculpture was reduced to a sporadic imagery, while the secular sculpture continued in portraits and monumental art of a civic nature. Between 1820 and 1880 the predominant themes were, successively: religious images, biblical scenes, allegories to the symbols of the insurgency movement and scenes and characters of pre-Cortesian history, and portraits of the old aristocracy, of the nascent bourgeoisie and commanders of the pre-revolution. The transcendent was to introduce civil reasons, the first national types and glimpses of a current of self-expression.During the 20th century, great exponents of Mexican sculpture are Juan Soriano, José Luis Cuevas, Enrique Carbajal (Sebastián), English Leonora Carrington.


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}}The presence of the human being in the Mexican territory has left important archaeological findings of great importance for the explanation of the habitat of primitive man and contemporary man. The Mesoamerican civilizations managed to have great stylistic development and proportion on the human and urban scale, the form was evolving from simplicity to aesthetic complexity; in the north of the country the adobe and stone architecture is manifested, the multifamily housing as we can see in Casas Grandes; and the troglodyte dwelling in caves of the Sierra Madre Occidental.Urbanism had a great development in pre-Hispanic cultures, where we can see the magnitude of the cities of Teotihuacán, Tollan-Xicocotitlan and México-Tenochtitlan, within the environmentalist urbanism highlight the Mayan cities to be incorporated into the monumentality of its buildings with the thickness of the jungle and complex networks of roads called sakbés.With the arrival of the Spaniards, architectural theories of the Greco-Roman order with Arab influences were introduced. Due to the process of evangelization, when the first monastic temples and monasteries were built, their own models were projected, such as the mendicant monasteries, unique in their type in architecture. The interaction between Spaniards and natives gave rise to artistic styles such as the so-called tequitqui (from Nahuatl: worker). Years later the baroque and mannerism were imposed in large cathedrals and civil buildings, while rural areas are built haciendas or stately farms with Mozarabic tendencies.In the 19th century the neoclassical movement arose as a response to the objectives of the republican nation, one of its examples are the Hospicio Cabañas where the strict plastic of the classical orders are represented in their architectural elements, new religious buildings also arise, civilian and military that demonstrate the presence of neoclassicism. Romanticists from a past seen through archeology show images of medieval Europe, Islamic and pre-Hispanic Mexico in the form of architectural elements in the construction of international exhibition pavilions looking for an identity typical of the national culture. The art nouveau, and the art deco were styles introduced into the design of the Palacio de Bellas Artes to mark the identity of the Mexican nation with Greek-Roman and pre-Hispanic symbols.Modern architecture in Mexico has an important development in the plasticity of form and space, José Villagrán García develops a theory of form that sets the pattern of teaching in many schools of architecture in the country within functionalism. The emergence of the new Mexican architecture was born as a formal order of the policies of a nationalist state that sought modernity and the differentiation of other nations. Juan O'Gorman was one of the first environmental architects in Mexico, developing the "organic" theory, trying to integrate the building with the landscape within the same approaches of Frank Lloyd Wright.WEB,weblink Arquitectura mexicana,, In the search for a new architecture that does not resemble the styles of the past, it achieves a joint manifestation with the mural painting and the landscaping.The Jalisco School was a proposal of those socio-political movements that the country demanded. Luis Barragán managed to combine the shape of the space with forms of rural vernacular architecture of Mexico and Mediterranean countries (Spain-Morocco), integrating an impressive color that handles light and shade in different tones and opens a look at the international minimalism.Mexican architecture is a cultural phenomenon born of the ideology of nationalist governments of the 20th century, which was shaping the identity image by its colorful and variegated ornamental elements inherited from ancestral cultures, classical and monumental forms and, subsequently, the incorporation of modernism and cutting-edge international trends.

The Mexican (Lo mexicano)

File:Danzantes en la Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Tlatelolco.jpg|thumb|The (Plaza de las Tres Culturas]] in Mexico City, which combines architectural styles representing three major cultural periods: pre-Columbian, colonial, and independent Mexico.)In ethnic and cultural terms, Lo mexicano corresponds only to everything that is referred to the Aztec culture; therefore, ethnically Mexicans are those who are also known as Nahuas and whose language is Nahuatl.El arte de la lengua mexicana {{webarchive|url= |date=May 15, 2013 }} There is a strong discussion to define The Mexican (Lo mexicano); there are two completely divided aspects: ethnic and cultural, which focuses exclusively on the Mesoamerican people called Mexica people, and the legal-administrative aspect of the territory called Mexico. In legal terms and in accordance with the Constitution, a Mexican is a citizen born within the territory of the United Mexican States or whoever has decided adopt the Mexican citizenship.The Mexican could be what characterizes the being of Mexico and its people; however, it is an ethnic concept that only defines the mestizo identity that had been related for a long time and that is limited with respect to the ethnic diversity of the country. It is an intellectual construction product of the approaches of specialists to the cultural reality of the country. In trying to capture in a single figure the multicultural reality of Mexico, the result of the intellectual analysis has produced a series of stereotypes and truisms about what it is to be a Mexican. This discourse about The Mexican has been used in the political field to legitimize power, and at the same time it is imposed on the population of the country as a fact beyond all doubt.The intellectual construction of the mestizo is in dialogue with the triumph of revolutionary nationalism, which was born after the Mexican Revolution. In the reflection on the subject (the character of the Mexican, the mexicanity, the definition of a Mexican) have participated, among others: José Vasconcelos,Vasconcelos Calderón, 1925. Samuel Ramos,Ramos, 1934. Emilio Uranga,Uranga, 1952. José Gaos, Leopoldo Zea, Jorge Portilla, Santiago Ramírez, Salvador Pérez Nevares, Roger Bartra, José del Val, Arturo Warman, Aniceto Aramoni, Rogelio Díaz Guerrero, Ezequiel Adeodato Chávez Lavista, Mauro Rodríguez Estrada and Carlos Chilpa Navarrete.Sergio López Ramos, coord. . Historia de la psicología en México, Volume I: Cien años de enseñanza de la psicología en México, 1895-1995. Mexico: Center of Studies and Psychological Attention, A.C. (CEAPAC). {{ISBN|968-7303-03-4}}. In this specific topic, occupies a privileged place Octavio Paz, author of The Labyrinth of Solitude.


Mexican literature has its antecedents in the literature of the indigenous settlements of Mesoamerica. Poetry had a rich cultural tradition in prehispanic Mexico, being divided into two broad categories—secular and religious. Aztec poetry was sung, chanted, or spoken, often to the accompanyment of a drum or a harp. While Tenochtitlan was the political capital, Texcoco was the cultural center; the Texcocan language was considered the most melodious and refined. The best well-known prehispanic poet is Nezahualcoyotl.WEB, Aztecs at Mexicolore, John, Curl, July 14, 2019, August 20, 2009, Aztec Poetry (1): Introduction,weblink Literature during the 16th century consisted largely of histories of Spanish conquests, and most of the writers at this time were from Spain. Bernal Díaz del Castillo's Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España (True history of the Conquest of New Spain) is still widely read today. Francisco de Terrazas, who wrote sonnets, was the first Mexican-born poet to attain renown.{{citation|encyclopedia=Encyclopaedia Britannica|title=Latin American literature|last1=González Echevarría|first1=Roberto|first2=Ruth |last2=Hill|url=|accessdate=July 14, 2019}} Baroque Literature flourished in the 17th century; the most notable writers of this period were Juan Ruiz de Alarcón and Juana Inés de la Cruz. The 18th and early 19th centuries gave us José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, whose The Mangy Parrot ("El Periquillo Sarniento"), is said to be the first Latin American novel. Several Jesuit humanists wrote at this time, and they were among the first to call for independence from Spain.Other writers include Alfonso Reyes, José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz (Nobel Laureate), Renato Leduc, Carlos Monsiváis, Elena Poniatowska, Mariano Azuela ("Los de abajo") and Juan Rulfo ("Pedro Páramo"). Bruno Traven wroteCanasta de cuentos mexicano (Mexican tales basket) and El tesoro de la Sierra Madre (Treasure of the Sierra Madre). Luis Spota, Jaime Sabines, Martín Luis Guzmán, and Valeria Luiselli (Faces in the Crowd) are also noteworthy.{{citation|website=Grammarly Blog|url=|date=September 16, 2017 |accessdate=July 11, 2019|title=7 Notable Mexican Authors Who Changed History|first=Shundalyn|last=Allen}}

Visual arts

{{See also|Mexican art}}File:Artes Bellas.jpg|thumb|The Palacio de Bellas ArtesPalacio de Bellas ArtesPost-revolutionary art in Mexico had its expression in the works of renowned artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, Federico Cantú Garza, Frida Kahlo, Juan O'Gorman, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo. Diego Rivera, the most well-known figure of Mexican muralism, painted the Man at the Crossroads at the Rockefeller Center in New York City, a huge mural that was destroyed the next year because of the inclusion of a portrait of Russian communist leader Lenin.WEB, Rockefeller Controversy, Diego Rivera Prints,weblink October 2, 2007, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 11, 2007, Some of Rivera's murals are displayed at the Mexican National Palace and the Palace of Fine Arts.Mesoamerican architecture is mostly noted for its pyramids which are the largest such structures outside of Ancient Egypt. Spanish Colonial architecture is marked by the contrast between the simple, solid construction demanded by the new environment and the Baroque ornamentation exported from Spain. Mexico, as the center of New Spain has some of the most renowned buildings built in this style.


File:Dolores del Río.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Actress Dolores del Río, Hollywood star in the 1920s and 1930s and prominent figure of the Golden Age of Mexican cinemaGolden Age of Mexican cinemaMexican films from the Golden Age in the 1940s and 1950s are the greatest examples of Latin American cinema, with a huge industry comparable to the Hollywood of those years. Mexican films were exported and exhibited in all of Latin America and Europe. Maria Candelaria (1943) by Emilio Fernández, was one of the first films awarded a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946, the first time the event was held after World War II. The famous Spanish-born director Luis Buñuel realized in Mexico between 1947 and 1965 some of his masterpieces like Los Olvidados (1949) and Viridiana (1961). Famous actors and actresses from this period include María Félix, Pedro Infante, Dolores del Río, Jorge Negrete and the comedian Cantinflas.More recently, films such as Como agua para chocolate (1992), Cronos (1993), Y tu mamá también (2001), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006) have been successful in creating universal stories about contemporary subjects, and were internationally recognized, as in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Mexican directors Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores perros, Babel, Birdman, The Revenant), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gravity), Guillermo del Toro, Carlos Carrera (The Crime of Father Amaro), screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and photographer Emmanuel Lubezki are some of the most known present-day film makers. Numerous Mexican actors have achieved recognition as Hollywood stars.BOOK, Don M. Coerver, Suzanne B. Pasztor, Robert Buffington, Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History,weblink 2004, ABC-CLIO, 978-1-57607-132-8, 90,


{{Further|Mexican television|List of newspapers in Mexico}}There are three major television companies in Mexico that own the primary networks and broadcast covering all nation, Televisa, TV Azteca and Imagen Television. Televisa is also the largest producer of Spanish-language content in the world and also the world's largest Spanish-language media network.WEB, Televisa Brings 2006 FIFA World Cup to Mexico in HD With Snell & Wilcox Kahuna SD/HD Production Switcher, Press release, June 27, 2006, Snell Limited, Snell & Wilcox,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink August 11, 2006, September 30, 2007, Media company Grupo Imagen is another national coverage television broadcaster in Mexico, that also owns the newspaper Excélsior. Grupo Multimedios is another media conglomerate with Spanish-language broadcasting in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. The telenovelas are very traditional in Mexico and are translated to many languages and seen all over the world with renowned names like Verónica Castro, Lucía Méndez and Thalía.


File:WP10GDL10.JPG|thumb|Mariachi group playing at the 10th anniversary celebration of Wikipedia in Guadalajara. Mariachi is a musical expression inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage ListUNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage ListMexican society enjoys a vast array of music genres, showing the diversity of Mexican culture. Traditional music includes mariachi, banda, norteño, ranchera and corridos; on an everyday basis most Mexicans listen to contemporary music such as pop, rock, etc. in both English and Spanish. Mexico has the largest media industry in Latin America, producing Mexican artists who are famous in Central and South America and parts of Europe, especially Spain.


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In 2005, Mexico presented the candidature of its gastronomy for World Heritage Site of UNESCO, being the first occasion in which a country had presented its gastronomic tradition for this purpose.{{web cite| url =weblink | title =Presentan en París candidatura de gastronomía mexicana | date = September 20, 2005 | author = La Crónica de Hoy}} However, in a first instance the result was negative, because the committee did not place the proper emphasis on the importance of corn in Mexican cuisine.{{web cite| url =weblink | title = Cocina mexicana, fuera de la UNESCO | date = November 25, 2005 | author = |archiveurl =weblink" title="">weblink | archivedate = October 23, 2012}} Finally, on November 16, 2010 Mexican gastronomy was recognized as Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.{{citation | title = Cocina, fiesta y cantos mexicanos reconocidos por UNESCO | url =weblink | publisher = El Universal (Mexico City) (newspaper) | date = November 16, 2010}} In addition, Daniela Soto-Innes was named the best female chef in the world by The World's Best 50 Restaurants in April 2019.{{citation|website=NBC News|date=April 26, 2019|accessdate=July 12, 2019|title=Latina chef Daniela Soto-Innes is youngest to be named 'World's Best Female Chef'|url=}}The origin of the current Mexican cuisine is established during the Spanish colonization, being a mixture of the foods of Spain with native indigenous ingredients.{{web cite| url =weblink | title = History and influences of Mexican food. | author = University of Puget Sound | archiveurl =weblink" title="">weblink | archivedate = December 8, 2011}} Of foods originated in Mexico is the corn, the pepper vegetables (together with Central and South America), calabazas (together with the Americas), avocados, sweet potato (together with Central and South America), the turkey (together with the Americas) and other fruits and spices. Other Indigenous products are many beans. Similarly, some cooking techniques used today are inherited from pre-Hispanic peoples, such as the nixtamalization of corn, the cooking of food in ovens at ground level, grinding in molcajete and metate. With the Spaniards came the pork, beef and chicken meats; peppercorn, sugar, milk and all its derivatives, wheat and rice, citrus fruits and another constellation of ingredients that are part of the daily diet of Mexicans.From this meeting of millennia old two culinary traditions, were born pozole, mole sauce, barbacoa and tamale is in its current forms, the chocolate, a large range of breads, tacos, and the broad repertoire of Mexican street foods. Beverages such as atole, champurrado, milk chocolate and aguas frescas were born; desserts such as acitrón and the full range of crystallized sweets, rompope, cajeta, jericaya and the wide repertoire of delights created in the convents of nuns in all parts of the country.


File:Estadio Azteca, 2015.jpg|thumb|The Estadio AztecaEstadio AztecaMexico's most popular sport is association football. It is commonly believed that football was introduced in Mexico by Cornish miners at the end of the 19th century. By 1902 a five-team league had emerged with a strong British influence.WEB, Introduction, Federacion Mexicana de Futbol,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink April 1, 2008, WEB, Mexico â€“ List of Final Tables, Rec.Sports.Soccer Statistics Foundation,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink April 2, 2015, Mexico's top clubs are América with 12 championships, Guadalajara with 11, and Toluca with 10.WEB, Mexico â€“ List of Champions, Rec.Sports.Soccer Statistics Foundation,weblink Antonio Carbajal was the first player to appear in five World Cups,WEB,weblink – 2002 World Cup â€” World Cup Hall of Fame: Antonio Carbajal â€” Wednesday May 08, 2002 10:46 PM,, May 8, 2002, July 28, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink April 30, 2011, and Hugo Sánchez was named best CONCACAF player of the 20th century by IFFHS.WEB,weblink Hugo Sánchez donó trofeos pichichi y mejor jugador CONCACAF al Real Madrid, Spanish,, January 14, 2008, July 17, 2013, Rafael Márquez is the only Mexican to have won the Champions League.File:Estadio de beisbol en Monterrey.jpg|thumb|left|Game at the Estadio de Béisbol MonterreyEstadio de Béisbol MonterreyThe Mexican professional baseball league is named the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. While usually not as strong as the United States, the Caribbean countries and Japan, Mexico has nonetheless achieved several international baseball titles.{{citation|website=Medio Tiempo|url=|title=México, una historia de éxito en la Serie Mundial de Ligas Menores|language=Spanish|trans-title=Mexico, a history of success in the Minor League World Series|date=August 25, 2010|accessdate=July 12, 2019}}{{citation|website=Medio Tiempo|url=|title=México es Campeón en el Mundial Sub-23 de beisbol|language=Spanish|trans-title=Mexico is the World Baseball Champion in the Under-23 bracket|date=October 29, 2018|accessdate=July 12, 2019}} Mexican teams have won the Caribbean Series nine times. Mexico has had several players signed by Major League teams, the most famous of them being Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.{{citation|website=Marca Claro |url=|title=Los mejores deportistas mexicanos de la historia|date=October 12, 2018|accessdate=July 11, 2019|language=Spanish|trans-title=The best Mexican athletes in history}}Mexico City hosted the XIX Olympic Games in 1968, making it the first Latin American city to do so.WEB, 2016 Binational Olympics, December 2003, San Diego Metropolitan,weblink October 7, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink September 30, 2007, The country has also hosted the FIFA World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986.WEB, About CONCACAF, The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF),weblink October 7, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink October 6, 2007, In 2013, Mexico's basketball team won the Americas Basketball Championship and qualified for the 2014 Basketball World Cup where it reached the playoffs. Because of these achievements the country earned the hosting rights for the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship.WEB, FIBA – Mexico to host 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, FIBA,weblink October 12, 2014, Bullfighting (Spanish: corrida de toros) came to Mexico 500 years ago with the arrival of the Spanish. Despite efforts by animal rights activists to outlaw it, bullfighting remains a popular sport in the country, and almost all large cities have bullrings. Plaza México in Mexico City, which seats 45,000 people, is the largest bullring in the world.{{citation|website=Don Quijote|title=LOS TOROS EN MÉXICO|language=Spanish|trans-title=Bullfighting in Mexico|accessdate=July 11, 2019|url=}}{{multiple image |direction= horizontal |align= right |image1= Pelota mixteca de forro ball 1.jpg |width1= 200|image2= 232901774 10376f0786.jpg |width2=225 |footer= Mesoamerican ballgame and Charrería are sports that were originated in Prehispanic and Colonial Mexico respectively, this last is considered a national sport.{{web cite| url =weblink | title = Historia de la Charrería | author = Federación Mexicana de Charrería| archive-url =weblink" title="">weblink | archive-date = December 31, 2011}}}}Mexico is an international power in professional boxing. Thirteen Olympic boxing medals have been won by Mexico.{{citation||url=|title=Los medallistas que ha tenido el Box Olímpico mexicano|language=Spanish|trans-title=The Mexican Olympic boxing medal winners|accessdate=July 11, 2019|date=August 15, 2016}}Professional wrestling (or Lucha libre in Spanish) is a major crowd draw with national promotions such as AAA, CMLL and others.

Coat of arms

The current coat of arms of Mexico (, literally "national shield of Mexico") has been an important symbol of politics and culture of Mexico for centuries. It depicts a Mexican golden eagle perched on a prickly pear cactus devouring a rattlesnake.BOOK, 718,weblink The Complete Guide to National Symbols and Emblems, ABC-CLIO, 2009, Minahan, James B., 9780313344978, The design is rooted in the legend that the Aztec people would know where to build their city once they saw an eagle eating a snake on top of a lake. To the people of Tenochtitlan, this symbol had strong religious connotations, and to the Europeans, it came to symbolize the triumph of good over evil (with the snake sometimes representative of the serpent in the Garden of Eden).{{citation needed|date=July 2019}}


Since the early 1990s, Mexico entered a transitional stage in the health of its population and some indicators such as mortality patterns are identical to those found in highly developed countries like Germany or Japan.WEB,weblink Mexico â€“ Health Care and Social Security,, May 30, 2010, Mexico's medical infrastructure is highly rated for the most part and is usually excellent in major cities,WEB,weblink Health Care in Mexico,, May 30, 2010, WEB,weblink Health Care Issues Mexico,, November 4, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 13, 2013, but rural communities still lack equipment for advanced medical procedures, forcing patients in those locations to travel to the closest urban areas to get specialized medical care. Social determinants of health can be used to evaluate the state of health in Mexico.State-funded institutions such as Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) and the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE) play a major role in health and social security. Private health services are also very important and account for 13% of all medical units in the country.WEB,weblink Sistema Nacional de Información en Salud â€“ Infraestructura,, May 30, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink June 9, 2010, Medical training is done mostly at public universities with much specializations done in vocational or internship settings. Some public universities in Mexico, such as the University of Guadalajara, have signed agreements with the U.S. to receive and train American students in Medicine. Health care costs in private institutions and prescription drugs in Mexico are on average lower than that of its North American economic partners.


{{multiple image |direction= horizontal |align= right |image1= Biblioteca Central..jpg |width1= 200|image2= ITESM Monterrey Rectoria CETEC.jpg |width2=225 |footer= Central Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Rectorate (left) and the CETEC towers at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education}}In 2004, the literacy rate was at 97%WEB,weblink INEGI literacy report −14, 2005,, August 8, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 22, 2011, for youth under the age of 14 and 91% for people over 15,WEB,weblink INEGI literacy report 15+, 2005,, August 8, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 22, 2011, placing Mexico at the 24th place in the world rank according to UNESCO.WEB, Mexico: Youth Literacy Rate, Global Virtual University,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink July 19, 2010, October 2, 2007, The National Autonomous University of Mexico ranks 103th in the QS World University Rankings, making it the best university in Mexico, after it comes the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education as the best private school in Mexico and 158th worldwide in 2019.WEB,weblink Nombran al Tec de Monterrey como la mejor universidad privada de México, June 19, 2019, Telediario CDMX, es, August 10, 2019, Private business schools also stand out in international rankings. IPADE and EGADE, the business schools of Universidad Panamericana and of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education respectively, were ranked in the top 10 in a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal among recruiters outside the United States.NEWS, Recruiter's scoreboard Highlights, The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive survey of corporate recruiters on business schools,weblink October 4, 2007,

See also






  • Camp, Roderic A. Politics in Mexico: Democratic Consolidation Or Decline? (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Davis, Diane. Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century (Temple University Press, 2010)
  • JOURNAL, Domínguez, Jorge I, 2004, The Scholarly Study of Mexican Politics, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 20, 2, 377–410, 10.1525/msem.2004.20.2.377,
  • Edmonds-Poli, Emily, and David Shirk. Contemporary Mexican Politics (Rowman and Littlefield 2009)
  • Kirkwood, Burton. The History of Mexico (Greenwood, 2000) online edition
  • BOOK, Enrique, Krauze, Enrique Krauze, Mexico: Biography of Power: A history of Modern Mexico 1810–1996, Harper Perennial, New York, 1998, 978-0-06-092917-6, 896,weblink
  • JOURNAL, Satish Kumar, Claire Bellis, Mark Zlojutro, Phillip E Melton, John Blangero and Joanne E Curran, 2011, Large scale mitochondrial sequencing in Mexican Americans suggests a reappraisal of Native American origins,weblink BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11, 293,
  • Levy, Santiago. Good intentions, bad outcomes: Social policy, informality, and economic growth in Mexico (Brookings Institution Press, 2010)
  • BOOK, Michael C., Meyer, William H., Beezley, The Oxford History of Mexico, Oxford University Press, 2000, 978-0-19-511228-3, 736,weblink
  • Meyer, Michael C., William L. Sherman, and Susan M. Deeds. The Course of Mexican History (7th ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2002) online edition
  • BOOK, Russell, Philip, The history of Mexico: from pre-conquest to present,weblink July 9, 2010, 2010, Routledge, 978-0-415-87237-9,
  • Tannenbaum, Frank. Mexico: The Struggle for Peace and Bread (2013)
  • Werner, Michael S. ed. Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture (2 vol 1997) 1440pp online edition
    • Werner, Michael S. ed. Concise Encyclopedia of Mexico (2001) 850pp; a selection of unrevised articles

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