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During 1200 BC through AD 900 Maya Olmec and Zapotec cultures thrived in Mexico building monuments that still stand today In the thirteen hundreds the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlan the site of modern Mexico City In 1519 Hernan Cortes defeated large Aztec armies and founded Veracruz the first Spanish settlement in Mexico In 1521 Cortes completed his conquest of the Aztec Empire In 1810 Miguel Hidalgo and Costilla a Mexican priest instigated a revolt in the hopes of winning Mexicos independence In 1821 Mexico won its independence from Spain Three years later it became a republic In 1836The Mexican Province of Texas became an independent after defeating General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto In 1846-1848 Mexico lost a war with the United States and was forced to cede huge amounts of territory In 1848 revolution led to the declaration of the second republic In 1863 French troops occupied Mexico City The next year the French named Maximllian of Austria emperor of Mexico In 1867 Mexican forces regained control of the country and shot Maximillian In 1910 Francisco I Madero led a revolution that ousted the dictator Porfirio Diaz from power the following year In 1913 Madero was assigned and civil war broke out The forces of Venustiano Carranza occupied Mexico City the following year aided by the United States In 1929 the national revolutionary party was formed It quickly came to dominate Mexican politics In 1938 Mexico seized foreign dramatically during World War II to help meet Allied demands for war goods In 1968 the government cursed student protests during the 14968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City In 1963 Mexico the United States and Canada ratified the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA In 1994 The Zapatista National Liberation Army a group of Native American rebels from the southern state of Chiapas declared war on the Mexican government The group captured
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