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Mexico has a deep and fascinating history that spans back to pre-Columbian times.  The culture developed from the native Mexicans, then the Spaniards up until the Revolutionary War.  In order to appreciate the artifacts and culture, you must learn the history of Mexico.

Mexico’s Chess Master: Carlos Torre

See the last paragraph for exciting news on the Chandra Alexis Chess Club’s Torre Invitational sponsored by MexInsurance.com® Carlos Torre – Mexico Chess Carlos Torre Repetto is a name well known by seasoned chess players across the world. Torre was a man who saw chess as art and had little taste for the struggle. This… Continue Reading

The Maya Train

The Maya Train

The “Mayan Train” will run from Palenque in Chiapas to El Triunfo, Tabasco, Campeche, Campeche, up to Mérida, Izamal (Yucatan), Cancun, Quintana Roo. Then it descends to include some areas in central Yucatan, Bacalar, Q. Roo, Calakmul, and Candelaria. In all five states will have a section of rail running through them. There will be 18 stations. 1,500 kilometers of track are planned. Continue Reading

Naia Discovered

Naia Discovered

Mexico is revered the world over for its archeological sites. Recently it has made headlines with the discovery of ancient teen that divers found in an underwater cave. Revelations made this past spring about her DNA make this 13,000-year-old girl (name “Naia” by those who discovered her) one of the most extraordinary archeological finds in… Continue Reading

Mexican Navy Day

Mexican Navy Day

Every June 1st Mexicans throughout the nation celebrate Navy Day or as it’s known in Mexico, Dia de la Marina!  Navy Day is super fun in the nation’s port towns and nowhere does the celebration get livelier than in the cities of the Baja California. The peninsula’s ports celebrate the event with their own singular… Continue Reading

Mexican War of Independence

Mexican War of Independence

The Mexican War of Independence is a historic conflict between Mexico and Spain that lasted more than ten years. It ultimately resulted in a victory for the people of Mexico.  Spain began colonizing Mexico in 1519 when the Conquistador Hernando Cortes defeated the Aztecs, opening the door to the settlement of what was then termed… Continue Reading

Mexico’s Bottled Mineral Waters

Mexico’s Bottled Mineral Waters

A lot of people (including Mexicans) don’t know the difference between “mineral” water and plain “purified” water. I used to think it was my mission to educate waiters on the marvelous properties of Mexico’s mineral waters, but after years of fighting that losing battle, I gave up. Continue Reading

The Olmec

The Olmec

One of the earliest civilizations of Mexico, the Olmec people are regarded as the first major civilization of the region.  Archaeologists date the Olmec civilization to 1500 B.C. and assert that it lasted until roughly 400 B.C.  Their civilization and culture laid the foundation for later Mesoamerican civilizations that would follow in their footsteps.  The… Continue Reading

Aztecs

Aztecs

One of the most famous tribes of North America, the Aztecs were based primarily in the Valley of Mexico in the modern-day capital, Mexico City.  Between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Aztecs controlled large tracts of Mesoamerica until the Spanish Conquest in the early sixteenth century.  As one of the most dominant groups in… Continue Reading

All About Tequila

All About Tequila

Tequila is an alcoholic spirit that is produced from the Blue Agave plant. It is originally from Mexico where the law states that it can only be produced in certain regions within the country. These areas are mainly in the state of Jalisco as well as some parts within the states of Michoacán, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas and Nayarit. Production of Tequila outside of these areas is considered an illegal activity that could result in some serious legal consequences. Continue Reading

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration that depicts Mary and Joseph and their journey to Bethlehem from Jerusalem. The celebration comes originally from Spain and spread to Mexico and parts of the Southwestern United States. Las Posadas is essentially another excuse to party in Mexico from December 16th through the 24th. This event represents Joseph… Continue Reading