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Education

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Social class segregates Mexican education. The government in Mexico controls the education through sixth grade. Work is usually chosen over school by many children. The government has now started programs to improve the education in Mexico. More money and supplies have been given to schools under President Ernesto Zedillo. 

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Music

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Mariachi originated in the 19th century. The origin of the name "Mariachi" is unsure. Mariachi musicians wear charro suits while performing. The musicians in the mariachi bands play a variety of instruments. Each September, mariachi is celebrated in Jalisco which is its birthplace.

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Weather During This Time of The Year In The Capitol City

Weather During This Time of The Year In The Capitol City | Mexico, Brett Chapman | Scoop.it

In Mexico City the weather is typically sunny or partly cloudy. For this week the lowest temperatures are in the mid 40s. The highs are in the mid 70s. The wind speed each day is around 10 mph. The highest chance of rain this week was 20%.

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Important People

Important People | Mexico, Brett Chapman | Scoop.it

A lot of men and women from Mexico are very famous. One famous person from Mexico is Don Benito Juarez who became President. While he was President Mexico's economy peaked. Emiliano Zapata formed an army of farmers and joined the Mexican Revolution in 1910. After murdering some landowners Pancho Villa gained respect from the workers. With his famous name he was blamed for many crimes committed. 

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Timeline

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Mexico's history is filled with overthrowings ans unrest. In 1911 Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz was overthrown. In 1968 Mexican security forces fire upon students demonstrating in Mexico City. When people hear word of the shooting they are shocked. Between 2008-2009 war on drugs became a serious matter. In 5 months over 1400 people were killed due to drug related conflicts.

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Typical Crop/Agriculture

Typical Crop/Agriculture | Mexico, Brett Chapman | Scoop.it

Agriculture makes up about 4% of Mexico's income. Though the revenue isnt much agriculture employs about 10% of the population. In Mexico, agriculture takes up about 13% of the land. In Mexico there is mainly two types of agriculture. One for self employed farmers and large plantations. 

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Religion

There is a lot of different religions in Mexico. There is only one predominant religion which is Roman Catholic. Roman Catholics make up about 88% of all the religions in Mexico. The next highest religion is Protestant which is 2.87%. Then 3.53% of people have no religion. 

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BryceandPreston's curator insight, November 21, 2013 11:30 AM

This article demonstrates the percentages of different religions in Mexico anod the outlines of religious freedom.

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Literacy Rate

Literacy rate means the number of people who can read and write a simple sentence. The literacy rate of youth ages 15-24 in Mexico has rose from 92% in 1980 to 98.5% in 2009. The literacy rate of adult female has rose from 80% in 1980 to 92% in 2009. The literacy rate of adult male has rose from 86% in 1980 to 95% in 2009. The literacy rate of adult total is 83% in 1980 to 93% in 2009.

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President

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Felipe Calderon became president of Mexico in 2006.  He studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. While he was there he earned a masters degree in public administration.  He got into politics from his father who helped found the National Action Party (PAN). In 2006 he won the presidential election over Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador by promising jobs.

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Area

The total land area of Mexico is 1,964,375 square kilometers or 761,606 square miles. Mexico is a Federal Republic that has 31 states. It also has one FD (Federal District) which is Mexico City. Mexico is the southern most country of America. Mexico is the 14th largest area country.

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Flag of Mexico

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Mexico's flag has three stripes that consist of green, white and red.

The middle of Mexico's flag is there coat of arms. The coat of arms is a gold eagle that is sitting on a cactus. The three colors on the flag has representing the liberation army. The flag was adopted on September 16, 1968.

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Clothing

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There are three main groups of Mexican clothing. There is modern clothes, traditional Mexican clothing, and celebration dresses and costumes. The modern clothes are more commonly found in major cities. The traditional Mexican clothing is a combination of native and European elements. For the celebration costumes and dresses, there are different ones for special days of the year. 

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Sports

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Bullfighting is one of the most popular sports in Mexico. The largest bullring in the world is in Mexico City. At the end of the fight the bull is killed with a sword. Animal rights groups have lashed out against the killing of the bulls. The sport is most popular from November to March.

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Tourist attractions

One of the most visited places in Mexico is the Mayan Pyramids of Chichen Itza. The temples stand hundreds of feet high. It is the lost city of the Mayans. Pyramids contain hieroglyphics and sculptures. One of the pyramids stands 79 feet high and contain 365 steps.

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Important Holiday

One very important holiday in Mexico is Day of The Dead. Day of The Dead has been celebrated in Mexico for hundreds of years. Day of The Dead is a holiday were family and friends pray and remember their loved ones. The dates it takes place on is October 31st through November 2nd. On November 1st children and infants are honored. On November 2nd the adults are honored.

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Industries Important To Mexico

The largest industry in Mexico would be the oil industry. In 2010 Mexico produced about 3 million barrels of oil a day. In 2007 Mexico was the leader in electronics producing smartphones and tvs. A very important and profiting industry to Mexico is the automotive industry. Many car manufacturers have plants in Mexico such as GM, Ford and Chrysler.

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Typical Food

Mexican foods can be elaborate or simple just by using tortillas and tamales. Most food comes from ancestral roots. The main ingrediants in Mexican foods are corn, beans and chili peppers. They follow ancestral customs and manners when cooking and eating. They also make special foods on Day of The Dead such as sugar skulls and pan de muerto.

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Type of Government

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The type of government in Mexico is Democratic Republic. The chief executive in Mexico is Felipe Calderon. The term length of the chief justice is usually 6 years. The legislative size in Mexico is 628 seats. The last election the legislatives had was in 2009.

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Currency & Exchange Rate

In the US we have the dollar but in Mexico its the peso. The exchange rate is 1 dollar equals about 12.6 pesos. The inflation percent is around 3.7. Other nicknames for the peso is varos, plata and lana. Mexico's central bank is the Bank of Mexico.

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Population and Racial Demographics

The population of Mexico is 114,975,406. The age structure of 0-14 years is 28%, 15-64 years is 65% and 65 years or older is 7%. The growth rate is about 1.1%. There are three main types of racial groups in mexico. They are Mestizi (Amerindian-Spanish) 60%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindium 30% and White 9%.

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Map of Mexico

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Mexico is South of the United States. It is bordered by two oceans- the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico's southern most border is Central America. Mexico once owned present day Texas but lost it in a war against the U.S. The war also made Mexico loose modern-day Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.

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Mexico City, Mexico

The population of Mexico is 112,468,855. Mexico had three great civilizations-Mayas, Olmecs, and Toltecs. Mexico got there independence from Spain in 1821. It has a land area of 742,485 square miles. Which is about one fifth the size of the United States.

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