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Before Learning to Use a Rifle, How Did Geronimo Attack His Enemies?

Geronimo was an Apache chief and medicine man who was noted for his fearlessness in defending his people against any attempt to remove them from their tribal territories, whether Mexican or American. Did you know what did Geronimo use to attack his enemies before learning to use the rifle? Geronimo used to sprint toward armed …

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Cancun

How Did Mexico Build Cancun from Scratch?

The federal government did not chance upon Cancun while intending to develop a completely new vacation metropolis from the ground up. How did Mexico create Cancun from the ground up? In 1968, Mexico chose the location, a nine-mile stretch of jungle island off the coast of Quintana Roo, using computer models and all of a …

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Chihuahua

Why Did the Aztecs Raise Chihuahuas?

The Chihuahua is one of the tiniest dog breeds in the world today. They were named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. But did you know in the early years in Mexico, Chihuahuas had a different purpose for the Aztecs? Aztecs in the 16th century took care of this little dog for food. However, there …

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Why Couldn’t You Grow Vanilla Beans in Europe Before?

One of the most iconic and delicious Italian desserts, Panna Cotta, is made from cream, sugar, milk, rum, marsala, gelatin, and vanilla. It is one of the desserts one would definitely order when in Italy. What if vanilla wasn’t available in the region? Will it taste the same?  Europeans struggled to grow vanilla beans when …

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What Happened During the Emergency Landing at the Mallow Race Course?

It was 8:15 in the morning when Gerard Callanan witnessed the emergency landing of the Gulfstream II on the Mallow racecourse, piloted by Captain Ruben Ocaña. All the jet’s passengers had to wait 39 days as the jet’s insurers insisted on constructing a $200,000 temporary racecourse for the jet’s departure.   When the jet’s captain and …

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Why is a Square in Vienna Called Mexikoplatz?

During Adolf Hitler’s horrendous fascist reign, Nazi Germany prioritized increasing its territory to strengthen Nazi support and promote anti-Semitism. One of the many vulnerable victims of the Nazi takeover was Austria, whose people welcomed the Nazi Army with no opposition.  A square in Vienna entitled the Mexikoplatz commemorates the Mexican Republic’s admirable resistance to the …

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Slaveholders in the US knew that enslaved people were escaping to Mexico, the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty, but Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all enslaved people were free once they set foot on Mexican soil.

The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico The Underground Railroad ran south as well as north. For slaves in Texas, refuge in Canada must have seemed impossibly far away. Fortunately, slavery was also illegal in Mexico. Researchers estimate 5,000 to 10,000 people escaped from bondage into Mexico, says Maria Hammack, who is writing …

Slaveholders in the US knew that enslaved people were escaping to Mexico, the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty, but Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all enslaved people were free once they set foot on Mexican soil. Read More »

In 1983 a Mexican pilot crashed landed in a small town in Ireland and the whole town came together to build a temporary runway for him to take off again and continue his flight.

Surprise jet arrival left lasting legacy in town THE ground was still damp from a slight overnight frost when Captain Ruben Ocana stepped out of the Gulfstream II executive jet he had landed a short time earlier on the five furlong straight at Mallow Racecourse. “I will be out of here once the ground dries …

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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are able to fly across the Golf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, in one 20-hour non-stop flight. This requires more calories than the bird’s weight, so they prepare by doubling their fat mass. They expend the entire caloric reserve during the flight.

Ruby-throated hummingbird The ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) is a species of hummingbird that generally spends the winter in Central America, Mexico, and Florida, and migrates to Canada and other parts of Eastern North America for the summer to breed. It is by far the most common hummingbird seen east of the Mississippi River in North …

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are able to fly across the Golf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, in one 20-hour non-stop flight. This requires more calories than the bird’s weight, so they prepare by doubling their fat mass. They expend the entire caloric reserve during the flight. Read More »