|Page of the book Mexico in Colors.|
OFFICIAL NAME: United Mexican States
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Republic of federated states
CAPITAL: Mexico City
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Spanish
AREA: 758,449 square miles (1,964,375 square kilometers)
MAJOR MOUNTAIN RANGES: Sierra Madre
MAJOR RIVERS: Rio Grande, Yaqui
Mexico is the product of a rich Indian heritage, three centuries of Spanish rule, and a shared border with the world’s richest country, the United States. Today, most Mexicans are mestizos, which means they have a mix of Indian and Spanish blood.
Throughout its history, Mexico has been home to great artists. The Maya and other Indians made impressive murals, sculptures, and jewelry. Modern Mexican artists include great painters, photographers, sculptors, and muralists.
Mexicans take sports seriously. In ancient times, losers of a ritual ball game were once put to death. In some dangerous sports, like bullfighting and rodeo (which was invented in Mexico), competitors still put their lives on the line.
I also came across this heartfelt post on why we should celebrate Cinco de Mayo even though we’re not Mexicans. Being that little one is bicultural it was important for me to read this to him so he can understand how important it is to have Latino heritage in this country. Bebe Lanugo expressed it beautifully in this statement: “The fact that this day is observed in the United States means that we have a presence in this country.”