- Mexico is defined as a North American country south of the United States, with Spanish as its national language.
An example of Mexico is the country with the capital, Mexico City.
The city of Acapulco, Mexico.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- country in North America, south of the U.S.: 759,529 sq mi (1,967,173 sq km); pop. 81,250,000; cap. Mexico City
- state of SC Mexico: 8,286 sq mi (21,461 sq km); pop. 9,816,000; cap. Toluca
- arm of the Atlantic, east of Mexico & south of the U.S.: c. 700,000 sq mi (1,812,993 sq km)
Origin: from Spanish Méjico from Nahuatl Mexìtli, name of the war god
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Mexico - Cultural Definition
Republic in southern North America, bordered by the United States to the north, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Belize and Guatemala to the southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west. Its capital and largest city is Mexico City.
- The world's most populous Spanish-speaking country.
- Mexico has a significantly high foreign debt. Its land is rich, but much of it is difficult to cultivate. Despite the prosperity of its oil industry, Mexico's economic troubles are severe.
- Many Mexicans cross the Mexican-American border illegally in hopes of finding work in the United States.
- Mexico's proximity to the United States has led to serious territorial disputes; the immediate cause of the Mexican War of the 1840s was the annexation of Texas by the United States.
- Mexico became independent from Spain in 1821.
- Before the arrival of the Spanish in the early sixteenth century, great Native American civilizations, such as the Mayas and the Aztecs, thrived.
- In 1994, Mexico joined the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
- From 1929 until the late 1990s, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) dominated Mexican politics, winning most elections by a combination of popular appeal, corruption, and the liberal distribution of public jobs. In 2000, for the first time, a candidate of a rival party won Mexico's presidency.