If you're thinking about traveling south of the border, check out these Mexico facts. Mexico is a large country in North America. It has a predominately Indian and Spanish heritage that is evident in the country’s culture. Before you visit, get to know a little about the country and its culture.
- Government: Mexico’s government is considered a Federal Republic. The republic was established in 1824. It proclaimed itself an independent country in 1810. Just like the United States, Mexico has a President and other government officials.
- Economy: Tourism once made the country one of the most sought after places to visit. The Mexican economy flourished due to this fact. However, agriculture and natural resources are other things that continually influence the economy. Many of the world’s products are received from Mexico. Beans, coffee and fruit are several agricultural products exported to the United States and others. Natural resources include textiles, oil and consumer goods.
- Heritage: Facts about Mexico also include a rich heritage. The country was home to the Aztec, Mayan and Olmec Indians. These cultures were highly advanced in how they lived. Ruins of these cultures are seen all over the country. In fact, these sites are popular tourist attractions visited by a great number of travelers each year.
- Types of living environments: The country’s environment varies from tropical to dry climates. Tropical forests contain various native wildlife and plants, but the desert is hot and dry all year round. Mountains and miles of coastline are other types of environments in Mexico. Although people live almost everywhere in the country, the coastline is very popular. This location provides tourism for the locals who sell tours and seafood.
- Religion: The main religion of Mexico is Roman Catholic. The majority of Mexican people believe and practice this religion, however, some are Protestant. A small percentage do not believe in any religion.
- Workforce: Many of the inhabitants work in agriculture. This type of job includes farming and raising cattle. Other people have industrial jobs such as factory, mining and transportation. Those who live near the coast charter guide boats for tourists. A few citizens sell goods and wares in the smaller towns.
- Country size: Mexico is the second largest Spanish speaking country. It currently ranks behind Brazil with 76 percent of its people living in a urban areas. Mexico City has the largest concentration of people. They have moved to this city for jobs and better living accomodations.
- US ties: The country currently has an embassy in the United States. It is located in Washington D.C. There are over 50 diplomatic stations in the U.S. as well. Dallas, Denver and San Diego are some of these locations.
- Security: The Mexican government has over 220,000 people in the armed forces. The largest entities are the army and air force. The navy is much smaller in size and status.
- World relations: This country has strived for good standing with all other countries. It imports and exports goods to the United States, Europe and other super powers. The United States is one of its biggest allies for trading goods.