Mexico despite being known worldwide for things like its regional music, tacos and tequila hides a large number of interesting facts that often the Mexicans themselves do not know, so here are some interesting facts about Mexico.
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1. Mexico City is sinking.
Many are unaware that the capital of Mexico sinks every year with great speed, thanks to research and other data collected over the years it is estimated that the city sinks almost 50 cm per year being something irreversible and will continue to do so for at least 150 years more.
This is due to the draining of the aquiferous mantles causing that the bed where the city is located has dried up and the clay sheets are compressed and cracked little by little.
2. First country to make chocolate.
Derived from the Nahuatl “Xocotl” is one of the most popular and beloved foods by dessert lovers, it is believed that in Mexico was first given the treatment of cocoa to ingest it as a drink by the Mayas and Aztecs.
It was also used as currency since it was very precious for the kings and they used to drink chocolate drinks very frequently because of their social status, that is why cocoa used to be exchanged for some good or service.
3. The second city with more museums.
Mexico is home to about 1400 museums throughout the country being number 11 in the world with the largest number of museums, although in the case of Mexico City this is different because it is the second city with more museums in the world, with a little more than 170.
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4. Largest exporter of beer.
That’s right, Mexico is the largest exporter of beer, and has been for some years now, beer being one of the most exported products from Mexico reaching 130 countries and almost 18% of the beers that are sold in the world are of Mexican origin and the main countries that import this beverage are USA, Australia and Canada.
5. The smallest dog breed.
The “Chihuahua” breed of dog is considered the smallest, measuring a maximum of 23 cm for an adult and weighing a maximum of 2.7 kg. This breed comes from an ancestral dog called “Techichi” which was highly prized by the Toltecs as they believed it helped them by guiding them through hell.
6. The color tv was created by a Mexican.
The invention of the first color television system was created by engineer Guillermo Gonzáles Camarena who, unlike other people who were trying to create a system to bring television to color, Camarena achieved it by using a method that was inexpensive and complex, making it more viable to manufacture.
The method used was the field sequential trichromatic (STSC) and he made it work for the first time in his home in front of his family in 1940.
7. May 5th is more celebrate in the United States than in Mexico.
The victory of the Mexican people against the French army in the battle of Puebla, which is commemorated every year, is well known by the Americans and although in the state of Puebla a celebration is indeed held, this does not happen in the rest of the republic and only remains as a holiday in which it is given as a mandatory break for some companies and schools, unlike in the USA where it is customary to see celebrations in different states of the country.
8. The largest pyramid.
We all think that the largest pyramids belong to Egypt but the truth is that the largest is located in Mexico between the municipalities of San Pedro Cholula and San Andres Cholula in the state of Puebla measuring 450 meters by 450 meters and up to 66 meters high.
It had the function of serving as a temple dedicated to the god Quetzalcóatl and where the Spaniards built the church of the “Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios” on top of the pyramid and over time the vegetation has been hiding it.
It is known by the inhabitants of the area as “Tlachihualtepetl” which means “handmade mountain”.