10 facts you might not know about Mexico

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... the Cuexcomate, is the smallest active volcano in the world? It is located in Puebla and is only 13 meters high.

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... the meteorite that probably caused the extinction of the dinosaurs crashed, 65 million years ago, in what is currently the town of Chicxulub, on the coast of the Yucatan peninsula?

The impact formed a crater of 180 kilometers of diameters that at the moment is buried to 600 meters of depth. It was discovered in 1981 when Pemex workers were drilling for oil fields, detecting a sudden change in density at that depth.

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... Iturbide was the first president in Mexico to issue paper money on December 20, 1822? These bills were printed on a single side, in white paper of almost square form and carry the legend "IMPERIO MEXICANO". They were issued in the denominations of 1, 2 and 10 pesos, and were rejected by the public, with displeasure and distrust.

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... Mexico City is the city with the most museums in the world? According to the Conaculta there are 141 museums. In the country there are more than 1,121.

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... the Purepechas knew the technique to melt the iron since before the arrival of the Spaniards? But they did not use it in the manufacture of weapons, instead they made every day use objects.

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... the first soccer match of the Mexican National Team in an official competition was against Spain, on May 30, 1928? Mexico lost 7-1.

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... during the 1950's the contraceptive pill was developed in Mexico in the small company Syntex? The scientific team consisted of Luis Miramontes Cardenas, then a student of Chemical Engineering at UNAM, the American chemist Carl Djerassi and the company was headed by the Hungarian-Mexican-naturalized George Rosenkrantz.

 

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... the first Mexican states that allowed women to vote and be elected were Chiapas, Yucatan, and Tabasco in 1916? It took almost 40 years for this to be done at the national level.

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... Karl Marx mentioned our country in a letter to Engels, where he applauded the American invasion of Mexico in 1847? According to him, Mexico under the tutelage of the United States would come out of backwardness and be incorporated into history.

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... the real name of Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico's first president, was José Miguel Fernández?