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Chinampas

Chinampa (Nahuatl: chināmitl) is a type of Mesoamerican agriculture that used small, rectangular areas of fertile arable land to grow crops on the shallow lake beds in the Valley of Mexico. Although different technology existed during the Post-classic and Colonial periods in the basin, chinampas have raised many questions about agricultural production and political development. After the Aztec Triple Alliance was formed, the conquest of southern basin city-states, such as ...
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Lake Texcoco

Lake Texcoco ("Lago de Texcoco") was a natural lake within the "Anahuac" or Valley of Mexico. Lake Texcoco is best known as where the Aztecs built the city of Tenochtitlan, which was located on an island within the lake. After the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, efforts to control flooding by the Spanish led to most of the lake being drained. The entire lake basin is now almost completely ...
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Name of Mexico

Mēxihco is the Nahuatl term for the heartland of the Aztec Empire, namely, the Valley of Mexico, and its people, the Mexica, and surrounding territories. This became the future State of Mexico as a division of New Spain prior to independence (compare Latium). It is generally considered to be a toponym for the valley which became the primary ethnonym for the Aztec Triple Alliance as a result, or vice versa ...
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Alebrije

Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. The first alebrijes, along with the use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, and clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals. He ...
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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual ...
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La Calavera Catrina

La Calavera Catrina ('Dapper Skeleton', 'Elegant Skull') is a 1910–1913 zinc etching by famous Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator, and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. The image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat befitting the upper-class outfit of a European of her time. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolution era. La Calavera Catrina, ...
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If you travel with your pet to Mexico

You must contact the official SAGARPA-SENASICA personnel to make a Certificate of Import of your pet, for this purpose, the officer will perform a physical and documentary inspection, to verify compliance with the following requirements: Present a Certificate of Health in original and simple copy with the following elements: Issued by an official veterinarian of the competent authority or if it is a particular one, on letterhead paper, with the ...
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INAH has been closing monuments to public

The Maya pyramids were built to be climbed. They usually have steep stairways rising to the top, where there is often a temple or, at least, an altar. The views over the rest of the ruins and the jungle were enough to reduce grown men to tears of wonder. Millions of people, in the past, have made the pilgrimage up them. From the top of ancient pyramids, the jungle looks ...
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Ballgame

The Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with ritual associations played since 1400 BC by the pre-Columbian peoples of Ancient Mesoamerica. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a newer more modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the indigenous population. The rules of the game are not known, but judging from its descendant, ulama, they were probably similar ...
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2003 Colima earthquake

The 2003 Colima earthquake occurred on 21 January with a moment magnitude of 7.5 and maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). The epicenter was located on the Pacific coast in the Mexican state of Colima. The earthquake was felt as far away as Mexico City and in southern parts of the United States. The 2003 Colima earthquake resulted in the death of 29 people and 300 injured. Additionally, approximately 10,000 ...
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