Short history

Timeless Travels Magazine - - MEXICO -

Mexico has a long and rich history, and has been home to some of the great­est civ­i­liza­tions, such as the Maya and the Aztecs, who were known for prac­tis­ing hu­man sac­ri­fice on a large scale. • The Aztec em­pire was ef­fec­tively van­quished by the spread of small pox, which killed much of its pop­u­la­tion and led to an easy de­feat by the Span­ish in the early 16th cen­tury. • The coun­try then be­came part of the Span­ish Em­pire, called ‘New Spain’. • Much of the cur­rent iden­tity, tra­di­tions and ar­chi­tec­ture of mod­ern day Mexico were cre­ated dur­ing this 300 year pe­riod of Span­ish rule. • The coun­try gained its in­de­pen­dence from Spain in 1810, but lost half its ter­ri­tory to Amer­ica fol­low­ing a two year war in 1846.

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