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Monday, December 13

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    The people of Haiti are 95% African, and 5% Mulatto. The Language of Haiti is 'Creole', or French. 80% of Haitians are Catholic, leaving 16% Protestant.
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    Read more: Haitians - Introduction, Location, Language, Folklore, Religion, Major holidays, Rites of passage, Relationships, Living conditions http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Germany-to-Jamaica/Haitians.html#ixzz17IhppeI7
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    The island of Hispaniola is home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti in the Caribbean. While the cuisine of the Dominican Republic is Spanish-influenced, Haiti’s fare is distinctly French and Creole based, giving Haitian food a unique flavor from other Caribbean nations. -foodspring.com
    Although the average Haitian’s diet uses mostly rice, corn, beans, yams or millet, more extravagant fare is available, particularly in the capital of Port-au-Prince, such as French cheeses, lobster and frog legs. Tropical fruits are native to the island including mango, coconut, guava, avocado and pineapples. Popular beverages are made with these fresh fruit and Juna is also well liked, a local orange squash drink. {food2.jpeg} {food4.jpeg}
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Thursday, December 9

  1. page traditional mexican foods edited Traditional Mexican Foods Traditional Mexican traditional mexican food is very different from…
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    traditional mexican food is very different from the Mexican food we get in the states, commonly known as tex-mex. Tex-mex does not use the traditional ingredients that are still used some places in Mexico today.
    Many of the staples of the Aztec diet are still familiar in Mexico today - maize (corn), beans, avacados, squash, chillies, and tomatoes. The tomatoes used today are a different variety than were eaten before the arrival of the Europeans. The nopal cactus was and is used for food, in many dishes.
    We all know that chilli peppers play a big part in traditional Mexican food. These and salt were so important to the peoples of central Mexico that special religious fasts involved avoiding them.
    Many of the meats eaten today were an addition from the Spanish. Today, much traditional Mexican food is prepared the same way, but with different meats.
    Common in the days of the empire were turkey and dogs. At times hunters would also provide deer, rabbit, duck, and other birds. From the sea came axolotl, a type of salamander, and acocil, a crayfish. Acocil tacos are still eaten in Mexican restaurants.

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    mexican clothing combines native and European elements. The fibers of choice among the Mexicans are cotton, bark and agave (which were known and used by native Mexican pre-Hispanic civilizations to make their clothes), as well as wool and silk (introduced by the Spanish later).
    We can find traditional Mexican clothing in many varieties, and it can be distinguished by gender, by social status and by ethnic group. For instance, garments worn by women differ from those worn by men, and native clothing is different to “mestizo” clothing.
    Typical women clothing includes a skirt, a “huipil” (a kind of sleeve-less tunic), a “quechquémitl” (a closed shoulder cape) and a “rebozo” (a kind of shawl).
    Mexican clothing for men is mostly “European-like”, which means that both the trousers and the shirt are European garments, and possibly the only native addition to the men’s wardrobe is a large blanket cape, called “Sarape”. Men often wear Mexican boots too.
    As for Mexican clothing used on celebrations, we can find a different costume for almost every special day of the year. National festivities are celebrated with typical clothes and accessories (including the famous Mexican Sombrero). Some special days like the Day of the Death are closely related to religion, and that can be seen on the costumes too. During the Carnival, the Mexican clothing of choice is the “Charro” suit, popularized by the famous musical ensembles known as the Mariachis.

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    mexican culture is perhaps one of the most fascinating cultures worldwide. The mixture of strong native legends, artistic expressions and Spanish culture elements make the Mexican culture unique.
    Being proud of their native heritage, Mexican people have preserved many of their ancestors’ traditions. Many of them are present in Mexican music, which resembles the music produced by the ancient Aztec’s drums and ceremonies.
    Mayan traditions are present in the Mexican culture as well, and maybe the biggest forms of expression that represent the Mexican pride on those traditions are the paintings. As the greatest exponent of the Mexican art, paintings have achieved a well deserved popularity outside Mexico. It is interesting to see how ancient traditions evolve through time instead of disappearing like in other cultures.
    Many Mexican legends are quite famous too, like the legend of “La llorona” (“the weeping woman”), a woman whose spirit still cries for her lost son, or the legends of the Sacred woods of Chapultepec, where Aztecs emperors had their effigies sculpted in order to achieve immortality. But maybe one of the most important legends present in Mexican culture is the legend of the god named Quetzalcoatl, the most important figure of the Mexican cosmogony. It is said that Quetzalcoatl, while searching for bones which he needed to create mankind, gets to the Mictlan (“the region of the dead”), where the evil god Mictlantecutli tries to prevent him from collecting what he was looking for. Aided by his sacred bees and worms, Quetzalcoatl finally is able to get the precious bones and uses them to bring the human kind into the world.
    People who are interested in Nordic, Japanese or even Greek mythology will definitely find that the Mexican culture can compare to them, as there are many stories that, as the one I mention above, are filled with poetic beauty, and have nothing to envy to legends and stories from other cultures from different parts of the world. Without any doubt, Mexican culture deserves to be known, and you certainly will enjoy knowing it.

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  4. page flag significance edited The The Significance of ... MEXICAN flag! The Mexican flag consists of three vertical ban…
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    The Mexican flag consists of three vertical bands in green, white and red, with the Mexican coat of arms (which portrays an eagle on a prickly pear cactus with a snake in its beak and talons) in the center of the white band. The flag's proportion is 4:7.
    The flag, along with the Mexican Coat of Arms (escudo nacional) and the National Anthem, is considered one of the símbolos patrios, "patriotic symbols" of Mexico.
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  5. page mexico history edited The The History of The history of Mexico stretches from 1,200 BC. to modern day Mexico. Mexico…
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    The history of Mexico stretches from 1,200 BC. to modern day Mexico. Mexico has had many wars and conflicts, but they also have a rich history. Mexico has been ruled by many empires, and each one has changed the culture and the people of Mexico forever. It all starts with the Native Americans in Ancient Mexico.
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    Some of the Olmec influences, such as working with stone, observing the stars and the worship of certain gods, were adopted by the Mayas, who came after the Olmecs. The Mayas dominated a large region including most of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and parts of Honduras and El Salvador. The Mayas developed a more sophisticated system of writing, astronomy, and a base five numeric system that used the concept of zero. The Classic period of Mayan civilization lasted from 200 BC. to 900 AD., but suffered some kind of catastrophe around 900 AD. After that, a new Mayan period developed further north in the Yucatan Peninsula.
    The Aztecs were nomadic, warlike people who arrived in central Mexico from the north in the late 13th century AD. They wandered around the area for decades until 1344, when according to legend, they received sign that they should build their city Tenochtitlan. The sign was an eagle devouring a snake on a cactus patch. The eagle and the snake are still the national emblem today. By 1430, the Aztecs dominated modern day Mexico City and in 70 years they expanded their territory to create the largest empire in the history of Mexico. The Aztecs used political alliances with neighboring peoples, as well as strict military training among their young men, to extend their empire.
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    The following 300 years mark the Colonial era, when the Spanish ruled over Mexico, and apart from establishing military and economic control, tried to convert the local population to Roman Catholics. Between 1521 and 1650 the Indian population was heavily reduced, while the Spanish population grew. Although mining was the most sought after source of wealth, most people made their living from agriculture and raising livestock. The Spanish farmed large properties, while the Natives worked small plots or as serfs on the lands owned by their Spanish lords.
    By the early 19th century, New Spain (Mexico) had grown tired of sharing their wealth with Spain and an idea for independence began to grow. They saw an opportunity when Spain was fighting France’s invasion in 1808. Despite some setbacks, the independence movement continued and Mexico won its independence in 1821. On September 28, 1821, the first independent government was named with colonel Agustin de Iturbide at the head.
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    of Mexico’s territories,states, Texas, declared
    After they won their independence, Mexico went through a period of reform. They elected Benito Juarez as president in 1861, and promoted reform laws that were incorporated into the Constitution of 1857.
    When France took over Mexico under the power of Napoleon III, Austrian Archduke Maximilian ruled Mexico until 1867, when he was defeated and shot. Napoleon also pulled his troops out of Mexico to fight a war with Prussia. The return to the Juarez government came after the France rule.
    The Juarez years were followed by the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz, a military leader who was president from 1876-1880 and 1884-1911. Mexico underwent a period of economic development under Diaz, with the construction of railroads, ports and telecommunications. But Diaz's repressive government and the increasingly wide gap between rich and poor, coupled with Diaz's courting of foreign investors and large landowners, led to discontent and uprising after he won yet another election in 1910, his sixth consecutive re-election.
    The 1910-1917 Mexican Revolution was started by Francisco Madero, a democratically minded politician who was opposed to re-election. With military uprisings by Francisco Villa in the north, and Emiliano Zapata in the south, Diaz was soon forced to resign and go into exile. Madero became president, but his army chief Victoriano Huerta staged a coup in 1913 and had him killed. Huerta became president, but it was not a long presidency. Huerta stepped down in 1914, and Venustiano Carranza become president.
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    By 1920, the three main leaders of the revolution, Madero, Carranza, and Zapata, were dead. In 1929, the party that would later become the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was formed as a way of consolidating the reforms that were included in the 1917 Constitution.
    Government was typically looked on to solve the problems of farmers, workers, peasants, and even private business. In the late 1970’s, Mexico’s oil industry underwent a boom that left the economy highly dependent on oil, a situation that had serious consequences during the 1986 oil price collapse. While the country now relies less heavily on oil as a percentage of exports and GDP, it is still the source of a third of government income via taxes and royalties.
    The PRI was not seriously challenged in an election until 1988, when an alleged computer glitch at the time of vote counting led to widespread charges of fraud. The PRI lost its first presidential election in 2000 to Vincente Fox of the conservative National Action Party.
    In 1994, Mexico joined the U.S. and Canada in the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. Later that year, Mexico was admitted into the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.
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