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Did You Know? The Hero of Nacozari Tony Burton

November 7, 2007, marks the centenary of the death of Jesús García, the "Hero of Nacozari." The small town of Nacozari occupies a valley nestled in the foothills of the Western Sierra Madre (Sierra ... read more

Touring Mexico by car in 1935 Alexander Kerekes

What was Mexico like in 1935? Alexander Kerekes discovered a 16 mm movie shot in 1935 during a road trip through Mexico. The beautiful Chrysler touring car tackles the roughest terrain through remote countryside, towns and cities, and even the capital. This is Mexico seen through the eyes of Americans... read more

The Zocalo is the heart of Mexico City Allan Wall

Throughout every period of Mexican history, throughout all the changes of regime and government, Mexico City's Zocalo has been at the center of it all, for almost 700 years. read more

The Zuno house in Guadalajara, Mexico is doubly 'historic' Ed Fesler

The venerable old Zuno residence is a historic house in its own right but was designed to teach Mexican history. So it's doubly "historic." It stands at Avenida Union and J. Guadalupe Zuno and was built in the early 1920s. The house was designed for and by artist-politician Jose Guadalupe Zuno, whose paintings are still hung in museums. He was assisted with designs and suggestions from three old pals, all prominent artists, David Siqueiros, muralist, Gerardo Murillo ("Dr. Atl"), said by many to be the father of modern Mexican art, and Amado de la Cueva. read more

The romance of the Mexico hacienda: El Carmen and La Labor near Guadalajara John Pint

Before the revolution, haciendas dotted the countryside of Mexico. With their classic architecture and splendid great houses, each Mexico hacienda is surrounded in an aura of romance. Located 40 kilom... read more

Mexico City's San Fernando Cemetery for famous sons, present or not Anthony Wright

The San Fernando Cemetery first began operating in 1713. The poor were first buried there, in the section known as the "Panteón chico." Later, aristocrats nudged their way in, and then in 1835 the "Panteón grande" was constructed and it became an all-purpose public bone yard. read more

Durango's colonial architecture: eleven quarry stone gems Jeffrey R. Bacon

Many of the city of Durango's important architectural gems, some dating back to the 16th century, still stand today; they provide a colonial backdrop for Durango's strolling residents and tourists alike. read more

Guachimontones: unearthing a lost world near Teuchitlan, Jalisco John Pint

Just outside the unassuming little town of Teuchitlán, Jalisco, 40 kilometers due West of Guadalajara, lies one of the most impressive archeological sites in all of western Mexico. read more

The Tecpan of Ocomo: largest indigenous palace in Mesoamerica John Pint

The tecpan, or pre-Hispanic palace in Oconahua, Jalisco, dates from between 500 and 1100 A.D. The only tecpan bigger than this one may have been the Palace of Moctezuma, but this can't be verified because it's buried underneath the Zócalo in Mexico City. That makes El Palacio de Ocomo the largest tecpan to be found anywhere. read more

Cities beneath our feet Ed Fesler

Poking around an archaeological site that's still being dug out is fun. It was my first experience. Five friends and I had the further pleasure of having it all to ourselves while we were there. Work h... read more

Did you know? Mexico has more World Heritage sites than any other country in the Americas. Tony Burton

The status of World Heritage site is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) denomination. The status is conferred on selected sites under the terms of "The Conventi... read more

El Bramador: once a bustling colonial mining town Jenny McGill

El Bramador is not the bustling, mining village it must have been in the 1860s, but the old mine shafts are still there. It is a ten-minute donkey ride up the mountainside from what was once the town's main plaza. Sidewalks are laid with flat stones that could have been slate dug from the surrounding hills. Red dust covers the streets, but the houses are clean and appear to have been recently painted. read more

Did You Know? Trade in Mexico's cacti grew in the 1840s Tony Burton

A young Belgian botanist established a business exporting Mexican cacti to Europe back in the 1840s.   Prickly Pear Cactus Flower Henri Guillaume Galeotti was born on September 10, ... read more

Did You Know? Puerto Vallarta in Mexico will become an island and float away Tony Burton

Literary-minded travel writers describing Puerto Vallarta as an "island of tourist delights" probably don't realize that their words are closer to the truth than they might imagine. At present, Puerto ... read more

Did You Know? Mayan pyramid in Tabasco, Mexico, has possible Roman links Tony Burton

ROMANS in Mexico? I've always tried to maintain an open-minded attitude towards history, but even I was incredulous when I first heard this suggestion. And you certainly won't find it in most history ... read more

The Pre-hispanic, The Colonial, The Royal Roads Of Morelos And Puebla Julia Taylor

The royal roads were first utilized by Mesoamerican cultures in central Mexico. ... read more

Did you know? Steamboats on Lake Chapala. Tony Burton

In the nineteenth century, prior to the advent of the railroads, overland travel was decidedly slow and arduous. To get to Lake Chapala, for example, from Guadalajara usually entailed either an overnig... read more

San Francisco Ixtacamaxtitlan: The conquistadors in Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

Prospective: Dateline-San Francisco Ixtacamaxtitlan September 29, l998   Part I In February 1519 Hernan Cortez and his small army of adventurers set sail from Cuba on one of the... read more

Baja California - The Wedding Charles E. Moritzky

I rented a small house in La Gloria, in the hills between Rosarito Beach and Tijuana. It was a cozy place. I had painted inside and out and landscaped the yard. A willow tree shaded the back patio and ... read more

Puebla: traveling the Central High Plains of Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

In my original booklet on traveling the Central High Plains, we traveled to Poza Rica by way of Xicotepec and La Ceiba, one of the principal routes between Mexico City and Poza Rica. Since I have used ... read more

Veracruz: traveling the Central High Plains of Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

A couple of years ago I wrote a booklet about the Central High Plains with the idea that I would offer my services as a guide. This idea, as a lot of my other ideas, fell flat. However, I was asked if ... read more

Baja California - Hotel Playas Ensenada Charles E. Moritzky

Doors are locked. Lights extinguished. The world belongs to the nocturnal creatures, the ocean, the breeze, and a trickle of night people. Time is irrelevant. The past, the present, and the future assu... read more

Papantla: El Tajin archaeological zone

Background The Tajin belongs to the Totonaca culture. It took shape during the late Classic period and reached its peak development during the transition to the Post-Classic, between 800 and 1150 A.D.... read more

Yesterday's Train: A Rail Odyssey through Mexican History by Terry Pindell with Lourdes Ramirez Mallis Reviewed by Allan Cogan

Author Pindell and Dr. Lourdes Ramírez Mallis, who served as Pindell's interpreter, collaborator and researcher, set out together on a lengthy train journey covering all of Mexico. I should also add that Terry Pindell has written similar books about train journeys in Canada and the U.S. As they travel, we're treated to dissertations on the various locales as well as a fairly serious coverage of Mexican history and the character of the people. read more

Churubusco, Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones David Everett

If you would like a glimpse of several slices of Mexican history in all their messy complexity, with its heroes and villains, both local and foreign, the National Interventions Museum should be on your... read more
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