01 Feb 32 Interesting Facts About Mexico – Fun Mexico Facts
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Having lived in Mexico for a short while I thought a blog post on some interesting Mexico facts were in order!
32 Fun Facts About Mexico
- Deep in the southern jungles of Mexico is North America’s largest wildcat; the jaguar.
- Mexico’s flag consists of three vertical stripes. The green represents hope, the white purity and the red for the blood of those who died fighting for independence. The eagle eating a snake is based on an Aztec legend.
- Mexico has the 11th largest population in the world.
- Mexico is the 14th largest country by land mass.
- Mexico is located within the ‘ring of fire’ which is where most of the world’s earthquake and volcanic activity occurs.
- Mexico is responsible for introducing chocolate, corn, and chillies to the world.
- Spanish is the national language of Mexico and is the most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world.
- Mexico is home to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World; Chichen Itza.
- Mexico is home to 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- A dormant volcano measuring 5,636 metres above sea level is Mexico’s highest mountain.
- The most popular sport in Mexico is soccer and it has hosted the world cup in 1970 and 1986.
- Mexico hosted the summer Olympics in 1968.
- Mexico has the most reptile species in the world with over 700 different species found there.
- Hot chocolate was considered a sacred drink by the Aztecs.
- The National University of Mexico is the oldest university in North America having been founded in 1551.
- Mexican children do not receive presents on Christmas day but instead get them on January 6th.
- Mexico City is built on a lake and is slowly sinking 15—20cm every year.
- Mexico has the second highest catholic population.
- The world’s smallest dog, the Chihuahua is also the name of a Mexican state.
- Mexico has three different presents within one hour in 1913.
- Mexico is the second highest producer of horse meat behind China.
- Tequila and Tabasco are named after places in Mexico.
- Mexico has 31 states in addition to it’s capital Mexico City.
- Mexico is the largest producer of silver and salt.
- The life expectancy in Mexico is 75.
- The Spanish controlled Mexico for nearly 300 years before revolution occurred in 1810.
- Mayan’s actually used hornets nests as bombs during battle.
- The border between Mexico and the USA is the second largest behind the USA / Canadian border.
- 1539 is the year the first printing press was used in North America in Mexico City.
- Nearly ten times more people are killed from scorpion bites than snake bites in Mexico.
- The right to vote for women began in 1958 in Mexico.
- Texas is a former Mexican province and declared independence in 1836.
- Bonus – Day of the Dead is Mexico’s biggest religious festival.