FC: Geography mixbook By:Nolan Baker Period 7 Mexico
1: Mexico is a developed country located in the western hemisphere in South America. The United States of America is the border to the north while Belize and Guatemala to the south. Mexico covers 758,448 square miles of land, which is the equivalent to three times the size of Texas. Mexico is very rich in natural resources like coal, silver, and natural gas. The amount of rainfall differs with the elevation. The north is dry and very hot with a huge desert area. In the southeast, the humidity is very high and it rains mostly in the jungle. There is a high, central plateau where it is cooler. The Sierra Madre Oriental and Occidental mountain ranges border the plateau. Mountains and volcanoes cover two thirds of the country.
2: Many civilizations have lived on the land the Mexicans today call there own. For example the Maya used to live in the same area. Mexico was one of the first to revolt against Spain. The revolt lasted from 1810 to 1821. Mexico once consisted of territory that included Texas, but lost it to the United States. There was tons of political unrest in Mexico from 1930 to 1940. The Institutional Revolutionary Party was named the national leader in 1929. In the 1990's the party weakened. More recently Mexico has had a crackdown on drugs. | Above: a man fighting in the Mexican revolution
3: The current population of Mexico is 113.7 million. The average family has more than 3 kids. Family responsibility is thought to be very important. Most of the houses are box like with very little yard. Most often a house has 1 to 3 bedrooms. Most of Mexico's population is catholic. Corn, beans, rice, and chili are common foods. Soccer, otherwise known as football, is a very popular sport in Mexico. Also, in Mexican culture, art and dace are very important. The economy has seen some growth since 1993. Most Mexicans can access basic resources. Service industries employ most Mexicans. Mexico has 31 states and a central government with a president. A president serves one six year term. Once you are 18 you can vote.
4: Many famous people have been born in Mexico. One example is Diego Rivera. Diego was an artist as a child and later studied in Paris, France. Rivera received commissions from around the world. He had many pieces honoring the social class and native Mexicans. Today, his works are considered some of the best from the time period. Another famous person is Ana Guevara. Ana started out playing basketball but later switched to running. Later, Ana would become one of the worlds best 400 meter runners. Finally, there is Juan Diego who was one of the first people to become Christian in the colonial days. He said Mary appeared to him and looked Indian. He persuaded many people to convert. | Above: A Diego Rivera Painting | Above: A man praying in a church
5: Geography shapes culture. Mexico is rich in natural resources like coal, silver and natural gas. These resources create many jobs, especially since oil is becoming more and more scarce, the demand is growing higher and higher. | Economics drive change. Service industries make most of the jobs for Mexicans. Though, Not far behind it is tourism. Tourism is one of the biggest sources of foreign exchange for the country. Mexico is ranked eighth of the worlds most visited countries.
6: Every event has a consequence. In Mexico lately, there has been all lot of illegal drugs and organized crime. These events frightened people and less people would vacation to Mexico. The country would have a decrease in tourism. The government has recently began a crackdown on illegal drugs and captured one of the most wanted criminals. | Power Corrupts. The Spanish ruled Mexico for around 300 years. They would force the Spanish to switch to catholicism and speak Spanish. The rule would finally end during Mexican revolution.
7: Man is universal. Most people in Mexico have access to basic needs of life. Mexico is a developed country and has a large central government that allows the people similar freedoms the people of the United States have. If people want change, they can protest for the problem. Most Mexicans work to make a living and use the money they receive to provide for their families.
8: Religion has changed over time in Mexico. When Cortes came to Mexico many practiced native religions. The Spanish built churches and promoted catholicism. Today, 82.7% of Mexicans are catholic.