Latin History and Culture Essay -- Mexico

Topics: Mexico, Mexico City, United States Pages: 4 (1449 words) Published: January 22, 2013
A Look at Our Neighbor

When we take a look at our homeland, the United States, we see that we are bordered to the South by Mexico. Mexico is located in Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the United States and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the U.S. Mexico accounts for a total area of 1,972,550 square kilometers, including 49,510 square kilometers of water. The country also accounts for several terrain types such as rugged mountains, which are Sierra Madre Oriental and the Sierra Madre Occidental, low coastal plains, high plateaus and desert. Much of Mexico’s territory is vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic activity. Mexico is a nation of climatic extremes, from tropical to desert; so much rain falls so hard that most of the water runs off before it can be absorbed. Mexico’s People

The largest country in Middle America, Mexico, is home to 112,322,757 people, and an annual growth of 1.15 percent. The people of Mexico speak Spanish, but there is also various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages. Although the ethnical diversity is not as extreme is it is in the United States, Mexico is still home to multiple ethnic groups. The majority are Mestizo, being at sixty percent, Ameridian holding at thirty percent, white nine percent, and five percent other. A Mestizo is a term traditionally used in Latin America and Spain, for people of mixed European and Native American heritage or descent. It was in use during the Spanish Empire, and used to describe those who had one European-born parent and one who was a member of an indigenous American population. A Mestizo usually had fewer rights than a European born person called a Criollos, who were persons born in the New World of two European-born parents but more right than “Indios” and “Negros”.

In Mexico religion and family are very important. Most Mexicans have larger families and living with...
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