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16 de Septiembre: Mexican Independence Day
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 2.1
Slideshow View a slideshow of photographs from celebrations of Mexican Independence Day. Every...
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195 Years of Independence!
195 Years of Independence!
Mexico's Independence began in 1810 and has continued for more than 195 years. Every year they celebrate their freedom on the sixteenth of September
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Activities for the Equinox at Chicén Itzá
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 4.2
Art project Create a painting or mural of a scene involving a reconstruction of an ancient Mesoamerican city. You could try your hand at scientific or architectural drawing, or a work of art, sculpture, jewelry making, or mosaic informed by what you...
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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...
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Activity: Quinceañera
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 3.2
Form a committee with some friends who can take you to a Latino tienda or mercado in your community. Divide up responsibility for finding certain articles that are used for a quinceañera,...
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Amusement ride in Guadalajara, Mexico
Amusement ride in Guadalajara, Mexico
A child rides a small amusement ride in a park. The ride consists of colorful cars decorated as fish revolving around a central column. Guadalajara was founded soon after the conquest of Mexico in the sixteenth century and has grown to be one of Mexico’s...
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Animal carvings on Janitzio Island
Animal carvings on Janitzio Island
Several wooden carvings in the shape of animals sit in a stone courtyard. The bell tower of a colonial church rises beyond a red-tile roofed building. Janitzio Island is the largest island on Lake Pátzcuaro. The island is known for its community of Tarascan...
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Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
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Aqueduct in Taxco, Mexico
Aqueduct in Taxco, Mexico
The stone arch of an aqueduct sits in the middle of a field. Tree-covered hills are visible beyond the arch. This arch is part of an aqueduct built under orders from Hernán Cortes in the middle of the sixteenth century to service his silver mine and plantation....
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Arched church walkway in Atotonilco, Mexico
Arched church walkway in Atotonilco, Mexico
A series of stone arches support a covered church walkway. The floor of the walkway is made of close-fitting paving stones. Atotonilco is a small village near San Miguel de Allende in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. The village is known as a spiritual center...
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Arches over a subterranean road
Arches over a subterranean road
Several cars pass under a series of stone arches. Light streams through the open area above the arches. Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico. It was an important colonial city because of the area’s large silver deposits. Silver continues...
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Archway over a stone street
Archway over a stone street
Light emerges from the end of a subterranean street. The street, walls, and arch are made of stone. Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico. It was an important colonial city because of the area’s large silver deposits. Silver continues...
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Assorted pots in Irapuato, Mexico
Assorted pots in Irapuato, Mexico
Several styles and sizes of clay pots sit in an open stall. The styles include small, simple, unglazed pots, to large, heavily decorated glazed vessels. Irapuato is a large town in the Mexican state of Guanajuato known for its agricultural produce. The town...
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Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan, Mexico
Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan, Mexico
Three tourists walk down the middle of a dirt street between several very tall stone pyramids. The pyramids are constructed of various levels with steep stairs. Teotihuacan is the name of a Mesoamerican indigenous civilization and its grandest city, once the...
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Aztec empire map
Aztec empire map
This map shows the extent of the Aztec empire before its conquest by the Spanish around 1519.
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Balloon vendor in Tijuana, Mexico
Balloon vendor in Tijuana, Mexico
A balloon vendor holds dozens of inflated balloons of different sizes and colors. Also included in his wares are inflated beach balls. The vendor is wearing a straw hat, denim jeans and a black and white shirt. Tijuana is a large city in the northwest corner...
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Bank of hotel room doors in Mexico
Bank of hotel room doors in Mexico
A row of plants in elevated clay pots line a long row of hotel doors. Plaques bearing coats of arms frame the doorways. The path alongside the doors is lined with paving stones. At the end of the path several people are speaking to each other.
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Basalt cliffs near Cuernavaca, Mexico
Basalt cliffs near Cuernavaca, Mexico
A stone cliff made of basalt columns stretches upwards. This is part of “El Salto de San Anton”, or St. Anthony's leap — a waterfall. Cuernavaca is a town in the lower half of the country of Mexico, in the state of...
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Bay of Manzanillo, Mexico
Bay of Manzanillo, Mexico
The blue waters of the Pacific Ocean are visible from the perspective of a tree-covered hilltop. Several mountain peaks rise beyond the bay. Manzanillo is a large seaport town on Mexico’s west coast. It was founded early after the Spanish conquest of Mexico...
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Beach fishing north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Beach fishing north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Two men help pull in a large fishing net. Several birds float on the water above the net. In the distance is a tree-covered island. Puerto Vallarta is a port town on Mexico’s west coast. It is a popular port of call for cruise ships and has developed a vibrant...
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