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Mexico is our neighbor to the south The United States was once part of Mexico The country is a place for tourism and vacations for us For the Mexicans its home They live different lives then usNear the year 7000 BC Indians learned to grow plants for food In time they were able to settle in villages Those villages grew into towns During the years 250 to 900 AD the Indians lived in the Classic Period in Mexican history During the time the Mayas built huge pyramids and temples They developed Mathematics and studied astronomy The Zapotecas flattened a mountain top and built a temple They also wrote the first written records in the regionThe Aztecs built the greatest civilization in the years 1400 They had a capital named Tenochtitlan Tenochtitlan is now Mexico City The Aztecs had a powerful emperor named Montezuma IIIn February 1519 a Spaniard named Hernando Cortes founded the city Veracruz for Spain He then marched towards Tenochtitlan and seized Montezuma The Aztecs revolted and forced the Spaniards out of Tenochtitlan Two years later Cortes returned to the city and conquered Tenochtitlan Cuauhtemoc the last Aztec emperor was tortured He is now a Mexican hero Spain now owned MexicoFor less then 300 years Mexico was a Spanish colony That is why the language of Mexico is Spanish The Indians were forced to accept the Roman Catholic religion They Indians mixed the Roman Catholic religion with their own religionIn 1810 a man named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla a priest started a fight for the independence of Mexico He had many Indians and Mestizos who fought against Spain for him The Spanish king taxed the people of Mexico for their revolt Most of the people did not want independence The Mexicans later won their independence when there were more Mexican fighters then Spanish In 1821 Mexico became independent In 1824 Mexico became a republicIn the year 1846-1848 Mexico had a war
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