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Introduction History Mexico as a nation holds a great deal of pride in its vast history and signs such as icons and landmarks make-up a significant portion of the countrys cultural environment through its practices stories and its architecture The symbols of the country date back as far as Mexicos history In order to gain a true appreciation of the Mexican culture and furthermore interact with its people it is essential that a traveler have at least a basic understanding of Mexican history especially because it is often a topic of conversation Mexicos culture has been affected by two major dimensions of its history its native roots amongst a vast number of tribes and seven major periods of history Ancient Beginnings and Native Peoples There is evidence of human existence in Mxico since 20000 years BC In Tepxpan to the North of the Valley of Mxico the remains of a human corpse were found beside those of a mammoth Using the Carbon 14 test these remains were dated at approximately 10000 years BC Agriculture began to manifest itself from the year 3000 BC The American continent was isolated during many centuries which explains the originality of its civilization Northern Mxico was populated by peoples who lived from hunting and collecting in a desert or semi-desert geographical environment The South was populated by agricultural societies Even though in the vast Mesoamerica region a term used by scholars to designate peoples which occupied the central area of Mxico down to Guatemala and Honduras to the South many different peoples with their own ethnic and linguistic differences coexisted they had a cultural homogeneity for instance they cultivated corn they have a singular structure of government they used the 365 day calendar they built pyramids they used similar rituals and worshiped the same gods and goddesses of the sky of nature of fertility and of war The same concept of cosmic duality - the beginning and the end
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