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Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2 million square kilometres, Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and the 14th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of 109 million, it is the 11th most populous country. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city. In Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica many cultures matured into advanced civilizations such as the Olmec, the Toltec, the Teotihuacan, the Maya and the Aztec before the first contact with Europeans. In 1521, Spain created the New Spain which would eventually become Mexico as the colony gained independence in 1821. The post-independence period was characterized by economic instability, territorial secession and civil war, including foreign intervention, two empires and two long domestic dictatorships. The latter led to the Mexican Revolution in 1910, which culminated with the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution and the emergence of the country's current political system. Elections held in July 2000 marked the first time that an opposition party won the presidency from the Institutional Revolutionary Party . As a regional power and the only Latin American member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development since 1994, Mexico is firmly established as an upper middle-income country, considered as a newly industrialized country and has the 11th largest economy in the world by GDP by purchasing power parity, and also the largest GDP per capita in Latin America according to the International Monetary Fund. The economy is strongly linked to those of its North American Free Trade Agreement partners. Despite being considered an emerging power, the uneven income distribution and the increase in drug-related violence are issues of concern.

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Cruise Vacation in Mexico - Mexico
Cruise Vacation in Mexico Cruises in Mexico feature great food, a variety of activities to choose from, fabulous entertainment, and interesting ports of call. Many major cruise lines offer itineraries in Mexico, along the Mexican Riviera (West coast), or the Mayan Riviera (East coast). Cruise Vacation Packing List If traveling with a companion or spouse, divide your checked items into two (or more) suitcases. That way, if one is lost, you will both have some clothing to wear! It would be terrible for your spouse to have all of his clothes and you to have nothing but your carry-on. Also, be sure to carry-on anything that you cannot live without for a couple of days (or more), just in case your luggage is lost or delayed. Just Check that you c...

Literature of Mexico - Mexico
Literature of Mexico The literature of Mexico originated from the concepts of the Amerindian and Spanish settlements of Mesoamerica. Outstanding colonial writers and poets include Juan Ruiz de Alarcon and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. The Mestizaje of the literature of the colonial period is evident in the incorporation of numerous local terms and in some of the themes that are touched upon in works of the period. Toward the end of the colonial period there emerged figures such as Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi, whose work is considered emblematic of Mexican picaresque. Due to the political instability of the 19th century, Mexico—already an independent nation—saw a decline not only in its literature but in the other arts as well. Du...

Palenque Site in Mexico - Mexico
Palenque Site in Mexico Palenque is a famous archeological site in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It was formed by the natives of the ancient civilization called Maya. Palenque contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings produced by the Maya. Palenque is set in the foothills of the Tumbala Mountains of Chiapas Mexico. It overlooks the swampy plains that stretch northward all the way to the Gulf coast. This positioning between two worlds gives Palenque a mystical charm that allures scientists and tourists alike. The breath taking scenery of the flat plains to the north and the backdrop of the Mountains to the south captures the imagination of one and all. The flood plain of the Usumacinta to the nor...

Culture of Mexico Reflects the Complexity of Mexico history - Mexico
Culture of Mexico Reflects the Complexity of Mexico history Mexican culture reflects the complexity of the country's history through the blending of pre-Hispanic civilizations and the culture of Spain, imparted during Spain's 300-year colonization of Mexico. Exogenous cultural elements mainly from the United States have been incorporated into Mexican culture. As was the case in most Latin American countries, when Mexico became an independent nation, it had to slowly create a national identity, being an ethnically diverse country in which, for the most part, the only connecting element amongst the newly independent inhabitants was Catholicism. The Porfirian era (el Porfiriato), in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth century, was mar...

Sierra de San Francisco in Mexico - Mexico
Sierra de San Francisco in Mexico Sierra de San Francisco is the gateway to some spectacular pre-Hispanic rock art and as such has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Cueva Pintada, Cochimi painters and their predecessors decorated high rock overhangs with vivid red and black representations of human figures, bighorn sheep, pumas and more abstract designs. Hire a guide in San Ignacio. Address Km 118, Transpeninsular, Baja California. Source:www.lonelyplanet.com