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The Changing Face of Mexico
Essays and activities exploring Mexican culture, past and present. Includes historical perspectives, classroom activities, and recipes.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Map of Old Mexico City
Map of Old Mexico City
This map is the work of Juan Gómez de Trasmonte and represents Mexico City in the 17th Century. Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and is also known as the Federal District, Distrito Federal in Spanish, which is the reason D.F. follows the official name...
Format: image/map
Shopping at a street stand in Guadalaja, Mexico
Shopping at a street stand in Guadalaja, Mexico
Several people peruse a heavily-stocked street vendor's stall. Guadalajara was founded soon after the conquest of Mexico in the sixteenth century and has grown to be one of Mexico’s primary cities. It is the second largest city in Mexico, behind Mexico City,...
Format: image/photograph
San Pablito, Mexico
San Pablito, Mexico
View from a distance of San Poblito, a rural village in Mexico.
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Walking through Alameda park in Mexico City
Walking through Alameda park in Mexico City
Numerous people fill the flagstone walkways of a public park. A large fountain can be seen in the background. This is a photo of Alameda park in downtown Mexico City. The park is Mexico City's oldest public park and is home to numerous fountains, statues,...
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Decorated university building in Mexico City
Decorated university building in Mexico City
A building sports a first floor of glass windows and a second story with a highly stylized painting of people. A few pedestrians walk on the grass in front of the building. The National Autonomous University of Mexico was founded in 1551, making it the second...
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A map depicting the invasion route taken by Hernán Cortés.
A map depicting the invasion route taken by Hernán Cortés.
This map represents the route Hernán(do) Cortés and his men followed during the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. Cortes and his men battled their way through Mexico from 1519 to 1521. The Spanish Conquest of Mexico refers to the conquest of the Mexica/Aztec empire...
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Street corner restaurant east of Guadalajara, Mexico
Street corner restaurant east of Guadalajara, Mexico
A man sits on a sidewalk next to a corner restaurant. The restaurant is advertising canned goods in it store window. Guadalajara was founded soon after the conquest of Mexico in the sixteenth century and has grown to be one of Mexico’s primary cities. It...
Format: image/photograph
Mexico's Independence Day
Mexico's Independence Day
Mexico's Independence Day, the 16th of September is a big celebration.
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National Autonomous University of Mexico's library
National Autonomous University of Mexico's library
Several people walk on the grass in front of a heavily decorated building. The building is decorated with designs inspired from pre-Columbian motifs. The National Autonomous University of Mexico was founded in 1551, making it the second oldest university in...
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Palacio Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico.
Palacio Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico.
The Palacio Bellas Artes, or Palace of Fine Arts, located in Mexico City is the national opera house of Mexico. Designed by Italian architect Adamo Boari in 1901; construction was competed in 1934. The building is constructed with imported Italian white marble....
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Countryside surrounding Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
Countryside surrounding  Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
A green rolling hillside is dotted with trees and patches of brown. Jagged mountains rise in the background. This photo was taken outside of the town of Dolores Hidalgo. The town was made famous because of the efforts of Miguel Hidalgo, one of the heroes of...
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Activity: 16 de Septiembre
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 2.2
Contact the local Hispanic cultural or resource center and establish contacts with Mexican immigrants. Have your students interview families, especially those with children of comparable ages and discuss how Mexicans celebrate the 16th of September...
Format: activity
The flag of Mexico
The flag of Mexico
The flag of Mexico has three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and red; the coat of arms (an eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its beak) is centered in the white band.
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Juarez monument in Alameda park
Juarez monument in Alameda park
A winged statue sits atop a semi-circle of stone pillars. A few tourists are walking next to the monument. This monument celebrates the great Mexico President, Benito Juárez. Juárez was the President of Mexico from 1858 to 1872 and oversaw the Mexican resistance...
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Lake Chapala, Mexico
Lake Chapala, Mexico
Several boats float on the calm waters of a large lake. Tree-covered hillsides rise from the shores of the lake. Lake Chapala sits thirty miles south of the city of Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It is a popular tourist destination because of...
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Murals on a University building
Murals on a University building
A multi-story building is decorated with pre-Columbian motifs. A large stone fountain with a stylized face is at the base of the building. The National Autonomous University of Mexico was founded in 1551, making it the second oldest university in the Western...
Format: image/photograph
Statue of Miguel Hidalgo in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
Statue of Miguel Hidalgo in  Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
A bronze statue of a man holding a flag stands atop a tall stone pedestal. Eagles adorn the middle section of the pedestal, while a large square plaque fills the lower section. This statue is of Miguel Hidalgo in the town of Dolores Hidalgo. Miguel Hidalgo...
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Boating on Lake Chapala, Mexico
Boating on Lake Chapala, Mexico
A pleasure boat unloads its passengers at a dock on a lake. A low hotel sits on the dockside. A hill rises just beyond the hotel. Lake Chapala sits thirty miles south of the city of Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It is a popular tourist destination...
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House in suburban Mexico City
House in suburban Mexico City
A low house sits set back among verdant landscaping. A large expanse of concrete foregrounds the photo. Mexico City is the capital of the country of Mexico. It is known as the D.F., or Distrito Federal (Federal District). When Cortes and his Spanish conquistadors...
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