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How the Mexican fire plant became the poinsettia Maggie Van Ostrand

Once upon a time in Mexico, a little boy was walking to church to see the Nativity scene. He thought hard about a gift to bring the Christ child, but had no money to buy one. Jesus will understand, thought the little boy stopping to gather a few bare weedy branches lying at the side of the dusty road, because my gift will be given with love.... read more

Did you know? The first scientific account of Lake Chapala comes from 1839 Tony Burton

The first detailed scientific account of Lake Chapala was written by Henri Guillaume Galeotti. It was based on a visit to Chapala in February-March 1837. The article was published first in French in 18... read more

Did you know? Many common garden flowers originated in Mexico. Tony Burton

Many common garden flowers were developed from samples collected in Mexico by a German botanist financed by Britain's Horticultural Society. Karl Theodor Hartweg (1812-1871) came from a long line of g... 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? Mexico's Domesday Book Tony Burton

Mexico's equivalent of the Domesday book was compiled in the sixteenth century. History shows that conquerors often have very little idea of what they have really acquired until it is firmly within th... read more

Did You Know? Bouncing balls and Mexican ingenuity Tony Burton

Rubber balls wouldn't bounce very high if it wasn't for some Mexican ingenuity. The Morning Glory Ipomoea alba, the tropical white-flowering morning glory (moonflower or moon vine) is a perennial in ... read more

Did You Know? Mexico's kapok trees aided the U.S. war effort Tony Burton

Mexican kapok trees once helped the U.S. war effort. During the Mexican dry season, a peculiar and very distinctive leafless tree often attracts attention because it appears to have large balls of flu... read more

Did You Know? - Castille Soap Teresa Kendrick

From the late 17th century and throughout the 18th, Castille soap was the reigning soap of Europe. It surpassed even the French soaps that, at their peak, were considered supremely prized elements of t... read more

Did You Know? - Henequen - Sisal Teresa Kendrick

One of the greatest gifts the Indigenous peoples of Mexico shared with the world was their discovery and cultivation of natural fibers. One of these, henequén, continues to be used throughout the... read more
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