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A Brief History of Mexico. You already know the story of the Aztecs and the Spanish…. Here’s what happened next…. The dark brown land is land under control of the Spanish.

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The dark brown land is land under control of the Spanish.

Basically, the Aztec, Mayan, and Incan territories are now under the control of Spain. With the exception of Brazil, which is occupied by the Portuguese.

Role of the “Frenchies” Drama

1789 French Revolution

Napoleon Bonaparte

Toussaint L’Overture of the Haitian Revolution


Father Miguel Hidalgo was a Creole, and led a revolt against the Spanish using natives and Mestizos. He was executed.


Took over the campaign against the Spanish. He won their independence and declared himself Emperor. (sound familiar?)

Napoleon/Plankton Complex

Augustine de Iturbide

santa ana
Santa Ana

President four times, only backed out to lead the military.

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Hero of Mexico! (Finally)

Benito Juarez- “Liberty, Progress, and Reform”


Irony, man who has a heart for the poor dies of a heart-attack.

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Porfirio Diaz

President for 35 years.

Ran on “Liberty and Progress”

Keeping the Rich “Rich”

Not for reform for the poor.

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Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata

"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees…"

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Political Parties in Mexico

EZLN, Zapitista movement information.   


PAS, PartidoAlianza Social.

PRD, Partido de la RevoluciónDemocrática.

PRI, Partido de la RevolucionarioInstitucional.

PVEM, Partido Verde Ecologista.

Zapatista Revolution, information on the Zapatistas.

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Vicente Fox


  • Father: José Luis FoxMother: Mercedes Quesada de Fox (b. 1920 in Spain, d. 29-Jun-2006)Wife:Lilian de la Concha (m. 1970, div. 1990)Wife: Marta Sahagún (b. 1953, m. 2-Jul-2001)

High School: Campion High School, Prairie du Chien, WI

University: Harvard University

University: Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico (a Jesuit school)

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Felipe Calderón(President of Mexico)

PRI once again… Surprised?

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Mexico Today
  • Drug Cartel
  • Corrupt Politicians (duh)
  • Immigration
  • Swine Flu (176 deaths…)
  • This probably has to do with government instability, lack of medical resources and poverty.

Is Mexico getting set up for another Revolution?