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Society and Culture Today
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In ancient times, northern Mexico's residents were mainly semi-nomadic people. Southern Mexico had the ability to foster civilizations, creating the Mayans and the Aztecs. The Aztecs lasted until Hernan Cortes came, who fought the Aztecs and plundered Mexico for silver and gold. Then Mexico was ruled by Spain, until they were freed in 1821. It was still ruled by a small class of wealthy people, so in 1917 the Mexican revolution happened, and the Mexican people got their own constitution. Now though, many parts of Mexico are ruled by drug cartels.
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Most of the indigenous people of Mexico are a mixture of many different Mexican empires, and eventually intermarriage between these people and the Spanish created the mestizos. The Spanish brought catholicism with them to Mexico, and made many missions. These missions were also solid footholds for Spain, as communities were built around them. The Spanish took advantage of the poor, and hired them but paid them very little. This made many people today move to urban areas, including the largest one, Mexico City.
Many Mexican homes also include extended family's. Spain established male dominance in households, but women have been making strides to destroy these beliefs. Ancient Mexican art was made by the Aztecs and Mayans, who made murals, which was encouraged by the Spanish.
The Mexican government is struggling to help all citizens, but is still influenced by colonialism. There is an incredibly large divide between the rich and poor, and the rich are only getting richer. A million people cross the border both ways every day. NAFTA is a trade agreement between the countries in North America, which eliminated most trade agreements, but made Mexico more dependent on America. Maquiladoras, or factories, that hire workers for low costs. Drug cartels have a large hold on Mexico as well.