Category Archives: History

Pre-Hispanic Times

Day of the Dead is rooted in the beliefs held by native people of Mexico in pre-Hispanic times. The exact combination of beliefs that contributed to the origin of “Day of the Dead” are not entirely known and often debated. … Continue reading

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Spanish Conquest

Over 500 years ago (in the early 1500’s), the Spanish Conquest brought European Catholic traditions to Mexico. The Spanish explorer, Cortés, attempted to convert the Aztec ruler, Moctezuma and requested missionaries to be sent to convert the native people to … Continue reading

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Colonial Mexico

For approximately 300 years (1522-1808), Mexico was a colony of Spain. Spain’s occupation of Mexico had a serious impact on the native population. Fighting, disease, and changes in life style greatly reduced the size of the native population. During this … Continue reading

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Independent Mexico

The years 1810-1917 mark a time of independence and turmoil for the people of Mexico. Even before this time events were published in newspapers or broadsheets. Political satire influenced by European cartoons and caricatures became popular. The broadsheets for the … Continue reading

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