Fun facts about Mexico
Mexico is an incredible vibrant country, its people are passionate and its culture is steeped in history, comprised of many different cultures ranging from European to Native American giving Mexico a unique feel. It also means that it home to some funny and rather quirky things. Here are some fun facts about Mexico.
Mexico City is built over the ruins of a great Aztec city, Tenochtitlán.
Because it is built on a lake, Mexico is sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches a year as pumps draw water out for the city’s growing population.
One unusual Mayan weapon was a “hornet bomb,” which was an actual hornet’s nest thrown at enemies during battle.
When Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés arrived in 1519, the Aztecs believed he was their returning god, Quetzalcoatl, and offered him the drink of the gods: hot chocolate.
Spanish conquerors brought bullfighting to Mexico, which is now the national sport of Mexico.
The Chichen Itza Pyramid in Mexico was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World
Texas was a Mexican province which declared its independence from Mexico in 1836
The Aztecs would sacrifice between 10,000 to 50,000 victims per year. Under the rule of Montezuma II, 12,000 victims were sacrificed in one day!
Tequila is the national drink.
Mexico has more than 200,000 species of wildlife living within it making it one of the most bio diverse places on Earth.
Mexico is home to the world’s smallest volcano, its only 43 feet tall and 75 feet wide.
Mexico drinks more Coca Cola than anywhere else in the world.
Over 600,000 U.S. Americans live in Mexico City; the largest concentration of Americans living outside of the USA.
Mexico City is the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere.
Mexico is the only nation apart from Luxembourg that has an X in its name.
There are 60 official languages spoken in the country.
You can be fined for singing the national anthem incorrectly.
That famous Mexican icon the piñata was in fact first invented in China!
The first Spaniard to meet Mesoamericans died fighting for his adopted home against the Spanish!