Interesting Facts about Mexico for Kids

Mexico has held people spellbound with its enigmatic splendor and beauty. Here are some interesting facts about Mexico, the land that gave us some of the hottest peppers, the most flamboyant of dances, and the bravest of bullfighters.
Part of Latin America, Mexico was named after its capital city which was destroyed by the Spanish Conquistadors and rebuilt a few years later. An interesting fact about Mexico city is that according to a recently conducted government census, it is among the largest cities in the world and ranks second in population density. The main religion is Christianity which comprises 90% of the population. Mexico is located in North America and is the third largest of the Latin American countries. There is a lot more to this country which we will learn through these fun and interesting facts about Mexico.

Geographical Location
Mexico is situated 23º N and 102º W. Let's now check the geographical distribution of the country of Mexico.
  • The US and Mexican border is so long that it's considered to be the 2nd largest country border in the world.
  • Now we all know what the 'Ring of Fire' is, well Mexico is located on it. The famous San Andreas fault generates multiple earthquakes daily, which are too small to be noticed though.
  • Mexico has three types of climate. Its inlands are mainly desert, from where the temperature becomes relatively milder as you move outward towards the mountains, and when you finally reach the coasts, it becomes a tropical type of climate.
  • One of the few interesting facts about Mexico City is that it is located over an underground water body so, it sinks a few inches each year.
  • Do you know that the world's smallest volcano is also located here. It is only 43 feet high and is considered to be inactive.
Mexican Wildlife
The national animal of Mexico is the Golden Eagle. Now let's have a look at what kinds of interesting animals and plants this country is native to.
  • A very rare type of rabbit known as the volcano rabbit is found in Mexico. It lives solely on the volcanic belt that runs through this country, that's probably how it got its name.
  • One of the most unique facts about Mexico is that it is home to the apex predator, the jaguar. It is the largest wildcat in the North American continent and has no known predators.
  • Did you know that the Chihuahua is named after a state in Mexico that has the same name.
  • Bird-watchers love the country of Mexico, do you know why? It's because it boasts of over 50 species of hummingbirds and pelicans which are found nowhere else on Earth. Doesn't it make you wonder, how can there be so much wildlife in a place, and yet manage to coexist with one of the densest human populations on Earth.
  • In Southern Mexico lies a creature which the Aztecs took to be a transformed version of Xolotl, their God of death and lightening. Also known as the 'water monster' it's a prehistoric, salamander looking creature known as the axolotl.
  • Perhaps one of the most amazing feats of endurance, the monarch butterfly is the epitome of stamina and strength. These butterflies migrate hundreds of miles to arrive in the Mexican jungles at the start of the winter season.
Food and Drink
Many mouth-watering dishes like burritos, enchiladas, and tacos originated in Mexico. Let's have a look at the amazing array of food that this country has to offer and some fun facts that will surprise you.
  • We would have missed out on some of the best things in life if it hadn't been for the Mexicans, because they invented chocolate.
  • And to balance that out, they also gave some of the hottest chili peppers known to us. The jalapeno, the tabasco pepper, and the Bell pepper all originated in Mexico.
  • Did you know the Aztecs drank hot chocolate every now and then because they considered it to be a sacred drink.
  • The tomato got its name from the ancient Aztec language.
  • Fried grasshoppers are a favorite snack for the people of Oaxaca, a state in the south of Mexico.
  • Here's one fun fact about Mexico for you, tequila happens to be the national drink of the nation, which existed even before the country of Mexico was formed.
Culture and Lifestyle
According to Mexican history, the people of Mexico descended from the Aztecs and the Mayans. They have a very rich and varied heritage and are known to be hospitable and kind. They are a kind of people who never refuse to lend a helping hand when needed. The following is some interesting information about the Mexican people with respect to their culture.
  • The mariachi dance and music style originated in Mexico. The word mariachi was earlier used to denote a group of dancers who traveled from place to place performing. The term then took shape into a musical style which is now a very prominent style of music throughout the world. No official event in the country of Mexico is complete without the request for a 'mariachi'.
  • Mexicans have a very strong sense of family. Their whole society revolves around the concept of a strong family bond. The father is the head of the family who makes the decisions for the rest of the family. Even though mothers are highly revered, they still come only second to the father.
  • The marigold is considered to be a symbol of death, hence it's better not to present a Mexican native with one.
  • Mexico has a hundred native American languages, however, Spanish is the dominant one which lingered on due to the Spanish control of the country.
  • We've all heard of the word 'machismo', well it originated in Mexico and literally means masculinity, hence, Mexican men aren't shy of displaying this trait.
Here's another fun fact for you, did you know that Mexican kids have two last names. This concludes a few brief interesting facts about Mexico and its people. The land of the Mexicans is truly one of wonder and awe, and will leave both the traveler and the student wanting for more.
By Luke Macedo
Last Updated: 12/19/2011
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