Mexicois a federal republic in North America. Mexico is the fourth largest country in the western hemisphere and is rich in natural resources such as oil and natural gas.
Mexico’s efforts to develop and modernize its economy—one of the 15th largest in the world—have been slowed by the nation’s rugged terrain, limited farmland, a rapidly growing population. The nation’s capital, Mexico City, is by some counts the largest city in the world. In Latin America, only Brazil has a larger population than Mexico.
Mexico is bordered by the United States on the north, the
Pacific Ocean on the west, the Gulf
of Mexico where Merida
resides and the Caribbean
Sea on the east where Cancun resides, and
Guatemala and Belize to the south.
Stay in an economical beachfront condo in Cancun Hacienda del Mar at a fraction of what you'd pay in the USA for beachfront.
It is characterized by an extraordinary diversity in topography and climate and is crossed by two major mountain systems, the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Sierra Madre Oriental. The high central plateau between these two mountain ranges historically funneled most of the human population toward the center of this region. Mexico features volcanic peaks, snow-capped mountains, tropical rain forests, and internationally famous beaches. Mexico City is an enormous metropolitan area and dominates the rest of the country’s culture, economy, and politics.
Mexico is the country which has the largest number Spanish speaking people in the world.
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Nearly one-fifth of the nation’s population lives in the immediate vicinity of the capital. Mexico City is also a central hub for Mexico’s transportation network—including railroads, highways, and airlines.
Mexico and the United States share a border that is 3100 km (1900 mi) long, much of which is formed by the Río Grande, a major river known as the Río Bravo in Mexico. This international border is the longest in the world between an economically developing country and one with a highly developed, industrialized economy. It has affected the culture of both Mexico and the United States, fostering the development of a number of communities along the border that mix the cultures of both nations. Mexico covers an area of approximately 1,972,550 sq km (approximately 761,610 sq mi), which includes about 49,510 sq km (about 19,120 sq mi) of rivers and lakes.
Mexico has a rich heritage in art and architecture and is recognized internationally for the contributions of its 20th-century mural artists such as Diego Riviera, who created murals that reflected not only Mexico’s history and culture, but also its current social issues. Mexico’s blend of indigenous and European influences has affected many of its traditions and much of its culture. This ethnic heritage has contributed to the development of notable musical styles, folk art, and cuisine, all of which are also now found throughout the United States.
The history of Mexico revolves around the mixing of numerous cultural, ethnic, and political influences. These include contributions from several major indigenous civilizations such as the Mayans, Spanish influences from the period of colonial rule, and a significant African heritage resulting from the slave trade of the early colonial era. Mexico’s postindependence period was characterized by violence and civil war, including European intervention and a long domestic dictatorship.
The latter led to the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920)—the most important event in 20th-century Mexican history. This revolution would influence Mexican culture and politics for decades to come. Mexico’s political system emerged from this era and has provided political continuity from 1929 to the present, a record achieved by few other governments. Its political system is dominated by a strong president and executive branch, to the detriment of the judicial and legislative arms of government. The government was controlled by a single party, the PRI for much of the 20th century, but recently the PAN has governed a stable growing economy and progressing country.
Mexico’s rivers are not navigable by large ships. Rather than serving as communications or commercial links, they have been harnessed as major sources of hydroelectric power, especially since the 1950s. Dams on these rivers also serve to prevent annual flood damage. Among the country’s most important rivers is the Grijalva, which originates in Guatemala but flows through the state of Chiapas and then empties into the Gulf of Mexico near Villahermosa. It is navigable in places by small boats. It travels through Chiapas, and joins the Grijalva near the Gulf of Mexico.
The Infiernillo dam, on the Balsas River southwest of Mexico City, forms one of the largest reservoirs in the country and makes up much of the border between the states of Guerrero and Michoacán. The Papaloapan River originates in the mountains north of the narrow neck of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and empties into the Gulf of Mexico near Coatzacoalcos, which boasts another major river by the same name. The Grande de Santiago and Lerma rivers together form the largest and most important river system in Mexico. The Lerma originates in the Sierra Madre Occidental and flows into Lake Chapala. The Grande de Santiago drains out of the lake and empties into the Pacific Ocean in the state of Nayarit. It is a significant source of hydroelectric power. The Río Bravo (known as the Río Grande in the United States), delineates the entire Texas-Mexico border and provides water for major irrigation projects in both countries. Mexico does not have many large lakes. Lake Chapala, south of the city of Guadalajara, is the largest in the country at about 80 km (about 50 mi) long and about 13 km (about 8 mi) wide.
Some of the animals found in Central and South America—such as monkeys, tapirs, and jaguars—remain in parts of southern Mexico. This is especially true in the rain forests of Chiapas and the southern Pacific coast, where human settlement is sparse and population densities have remained relatively low compared to the northern regions of the country. As a consequence, more of the natural flora and fauna have survived in southern Mexico.
The introduction of large numbers of domesticated animals in central and northern Mexico, as well as the density of human settlement, have considerably reduced the natural wildlife populations in these regions. However, bear, deer, coyote, peccary, and mountain lion remain in the rugged, mountainous regions of the Sierra Madre. Environmental groups have tried to protect Mexico’s endangered species, particularly marine turtles, from further exploitation and decline, but 36 bird species, 64 mammal species, 18 reptile species, 86 fish species, 40 invertebrates, and 3 amphibians have been deemed to be threatened in Mexico as of 1996. Near the MexicoSteve offices are over 20 stray cats always hanging out.
Most of Mexico’s natural resources are below ground. The country’s dry climate, its lack of rainfall, and its limited amounts of fertile land have made large-scale agriculture difficult. Only about 12 percent of Mexico’s land is arable. Approximately one-fourth of the nation is covered by forests, giving Mexico some of the world’s largest remaining forest reserves, despite the high levels of deforestation. Most of these forests are found in the Sierra Madre ranges, and in the rainy, tropical regions of the Yucatán Peninsula and the Chiapas Highlands. Mexico has large deposits of silver, copper, salt, fluorspar, iron, manganese, phosphate, zinc, tungsten, molybdenum, mercury, gold, and gypsum. Petroleum is the country’s single most valuable mineral resource. Most of the major oil wells have been discovered along the Gulf Coast, either inland, or in the Gulf of Mexico. Which is one reason why beaches in Tobasco or the Yucatan are not as nice as those of Cancun.
Mexicans place a high value on family and traditional values. Although women make up an increasingly large portion of the labor force (now more than 25%), many women continue to work within the home. Children, especially in middle- and upper-income homes, typically remain at home longer than their counterparts in the United States. There are vast differences, however, in the daily lives of Mexican women depending on income level. Women in middle- and upper-income households typically have outside help with child care, cleaning, and meal preparation. Women in poor and working-class households often work both inside and outside the home, with many of them working at more than one outside job.
Some tourists consider a side trip to Cuba while in Cancun. We do not recommend this good people. That country is bureaucratic. At the airport a deaf midget was handing out those cards with the deaf alphabet and he was arrested for being a deaf midget without a license.
The cops read him his rights: you have the right to remain silent...
Your better off doing Merida and seeing the archeological sites nearby.
At this beachfront Cancun hotel Avalon Grand Cancun now Hotel NYX see why the bed and breakfast plan makes more sense than all-inclusive plus we have a half-price sale too.
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