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  1. Mexico

  2. Mexico: Basics • Capital: Mexico City • Language: Spanish • Religion: Catholic • Colonized:Spanish, 1510 • Independent: 1822

  3. Mexico: Basics • Population: 120 Million (12th) • Size: 14th (2 million square miles) • Resources: • petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber • 1/3 revenue = oil • Biggest Customer = US

  4. Climate of Mexico • Tropical to Desert • Beaches • Tsunamis, typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanos • Natural freshwater scarce, made worse by pollution • Deforestation

  5. Economy • Highly dependent upon US • Gap between Rich and Poor • Rural, Urban areas • Shanty towns • Immigration – losing 1.5/1,000 each year (158th) • 2007 – 1 Million/year arrested attempting to cross US Border illegally.

  6. Government of Mexico • “United Mexican States” – 31 states • Federal Republic • Single-party state until 1997 • Recent governments have tackled corruption, past history of political oppression

  7. Crime in Mexico • Highest rate of kidnapping in the world • 35,000 drug-related deaths since 2006 • Cartel: an association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition • $13B drug trafficking/year

  8. Native Issues • Mestizo:(Amerindian-Spanish) 60% • Amerindian: 30% • White 9%

  9. Native Issues • Violent uprisings 1994/1997 in Chiapas, 145/45 dead • Recent governments have opened dialogues with Indian groups.

  10. Emigration • Immigrate IN • Emigrate OUT Why do people leave their home country?