12 Surprising Facts About Mexico

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  1. The Color TV was invented in Mexico.

Guillermo González Camarena invented the Color TV in 1941. Nowadays, color tvs account for 8% of Mexico’s exports.

  1. And so was the Caesar Salad.

It was invented in 1924 by Caesar Cardini, a restaurant owner in Tijuana. No, it’s not all tacos and chili con carne!

  1. It has almost a ⅓ of all Spanish speakers.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world (after Chinese) by the number of native speakers. Almost a ⅓ of them are in Mexico! However, by 2050, the United States will have more Spanish speakers than any other country.

  1. But Spanish isn’t the only language in Mexico.

Around 15% of Mexicans are indigenous people. They maintain 68 different languages alive.

  1. Mexico is Chihuahua's namesake.

Well, after a Mexican state - Chihuahua. Proportionally, they have the brain bigger than any other dog’s.

  1. Mexico city is the oldest city in North America.

Before it was Mexico city, it was the Aztec city of Tenochititlán. It also has the highest elevation in North America.

  1. The Aztec and Maya civilizations didn’t come first.

The Olmecs were the first great civilization in present day Mexico. They established cities in 1400-300 BC and worshipped a God that was ½ human and ½ jaguar. By the way, Mexico is home to North America’s biggest feline - the jaguar.

  1. The Zapotec Civilization developed a writing system.

The Zapotecs, who inhabited the area from 600 BC to 800 AD, developed the first writing system in the Americas.

  1. Ancient civilizations sacrificed humans.

The Aztec inherited it from the Olmecs and the Zapotecs. These civilizations believed that the Gods thirsted for blood and that the sun would cease without it. This is why many Gods’ statuses are sticking out their tongue! The heart of the victim was cut while they were still alive and then burnt. At some point, the losers of a ball game were often chosen to be sacrificed.

  1. Yet, it wasn’t all bad.

Spanish and Portuguese conquerors brought tons of yummy food to the Old World and from then on to the world. Some of their names still resemble their original ones: tomato comes from tomatl, avocado from ahuacatl and chocolate from chocolatl. These words come from the Nahuatl language, an Aztec language.

  1. The Father of Mexico was a priest.

Mexico was under Spain’s control for almost 300 years. It conquered its independence on September 16, 1810. The revolution was led by Father Hidalgo, who’s still considered Mexico’s “father”. Coincidentally (or maybe not), Mexico is one of the world’s most catholic countries - second only to Brazil!

  1. It has the largest Pyramid in the world.

The Great Pyramid of Cholula is the largest pyramid in the world. It indigenous languages, it’s also know as Tlachihualtepel, which means “artificial mountain”. Indeed.
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