Mexico

By Megan Gannaway

"Ancient Aztec calendar." Photos/Illustrations. Corel. World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 23 Oct. 2014.

Food

          Mexican food is one of the most unique food in the world.  Most people think of it as just tacos and fajitas, although tacos are Mexican, fajitas aren't.  Some traditional Mexican food include mole and tortillas.  There are many different types of mole depending on where you live in the country and what is most popular.  The most popular in the entire country is mole poblano.  It contains ground chilies, nuts, seeds, chocolate, herbs, and spices.  It is mostly served on top of chicken or turkey.

"Mexico: Food and Holidays." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World.

ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.

Economy

         Mexico has the 13th largest economy in the world.  Although, how much money everyone gets paid is very unfair, and the income inequality rate is high.  About half of the people who live in Mexico are below the poverty line.  Mexico is also one of the world's top 10 exporters of oil, but the production has been slowly decreasing since 2005.  Many tourists go to Mexico, and have put $13 billion into their economy from 2009 to 2013.

"Mexico: Country Overview." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.

History

         Mexico's history has been around way before the Spanish domination in the 1600s.  Archaeological evidence proved that a hunting population lived in the country as long ago in the past as 21,000 BC.  Somewhere between 1500 and 600 BC, the Olmecs, a Mesoamerican civilization, settled in Mexico.  They were very simple and planted crops such as squash, corn, and beans. Unfortunately, their bad planting skills led to soil erosion.

"Mexico: History." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.

language

         Even though most of the people in Mexico speak Spanish, there are still many other languages that are commonly spoken.  Spanish is spoken by 95% or more of the population, although, it was never declared as Mexico's official language.  Many efforts by the people and government have been made to try and keep the diversity of ethnicity and languages.  Mexican Spanish has adopted many native words and pronunciations.  Even though a standard Spanish is spoken by most Mexicans, the language is still constantly increasing by borrowing many words from other languages, especially English and French.

Bardi, Maria. "Mexico: People." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.