Cathedral in downtown Queretaro

Mexico this month – January

Index to Mexico this month (all 12 months) CALIFORNIANS REVOLT STRIKERS SHOT TO DEATH MAN TAKES TO THE AIR MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES SOUTHERN MEXICO RAILROAD RIVAL TO THE PANAMA CANAL ARRIVAL OF FIRST JAPANESE AMBASSADOR NEW CONSTITUTION APPROVED 1, 1857 Conservative general Tomás Mejía assaults the British consulate in San Luis Potosí and steals $240,000. […]

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A Spanish Galleon aground on the Baja California Peninsula, illustration by Gordon Miller. Reproduced by kind permission of the artist; all rights reserved.

Solving the mystery of a lost Spanish galleon on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula

When European ships were wrecked at sea, a Christian burial was usually afforded those whose bodies washed up on the shoreline. That was not the case here. Somewhere on a desolate stretch of a Baja California beach lie the bones and cargo of a once majestic Spanish galleon. It was around 1576 when she vanished […]

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MexConnect homepage, November 19962015

MexConnect celebrates 25 years on the web

MexConnect is 25 years old this year! David McLaughlin launched MexConnect (originally Mexico Connect) in 1996 after many months of behind-the-scenes preparation. MexConnect was initially published as a monthly magazine, with an entire new selection of articles on various topics added every month. The first homepage design (eg November 1996) had Living, Mexico Travel and […]

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Burton-If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk: Chapala’s historic buildings and their former occupants

Tony Burton’s thoroughly researched and utterly fascinating book If Walls Could Talk, published by Sombrero Books, takes us through the surprising and richly textured history of Chapala’s past from the mid-eighteen hundreds onwards. I had no idea that this laid back, seemingly staid resort town on the shores of Jalisco’s Lake Chapala could have had […]

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Aztec calendar stone

Mexico this month – December

Index to Mexico this month (all 12 months) U.S. CONGRESS TO FRANCE: WITHDRAW! BIRTH OF A GREAT MURALIST FORTUNE HUNTER EXPLORES THE WEST AWARD FOR FOREIGNERS RED SHIRTS MASSACRE CHURCH-GOERS December 1, 1810 José María Mercado, a priest supporting Father Hidalgo’s call for independence from Spain, attacks the Pacific coast port of San Blas, capturing […]

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The Mexican crest

Did You Know? Some national symbols in Mexico are not what they seem

This month, Mexico celebrates her birthday, the anniversary of her independence from Spain. On the evening of September 15, the annual El Grito ceremony is held in town plazas all across the country. For several days prior to this celebration, town plazas are besieged by vendors selling national flags in a tide of nationalistic fervor. The story […]

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