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Tenochtitlan (The Impossible City)

Watch on YouTube Tenochtitlan was a city-state located on an island in Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico. Founded in 1325, it became the seat of the growing Aztec Empire in the 15th century, until it was captured by the Spanish in 1521. Today the ruins of Tenochtitlan are located in the central part of Mexico City.

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The Kingpins

The fight for Guadalajara. By William Finnegan.

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Poblano Peppers: Mexico’s Mild Chili

Originally from Puebla, they are some of the country's most beloved hot peppers. By Matt Bray.

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Chilaquiles sandwiches would be the only reason we’d get up in the morning, too

Guadalajara’s lonches — sandwiches, on soft baguettes, filled with things like pierna (pulled pork leg) and chilaquiles (soggy tortilla chips cov...

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Artists, Materials and the Creation of the Florentine Codex

In 1576, a Spanish Franciscan friar and 22 indigenous artists locked themselves away in the school of Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco in Mexico City to create the first illustrated encyclopedia of the New World. The manuscript — the Florentine Codex — is the single most important record of the peoples and cultures of pre-Hispanic and colonial Central Mexico. In this Getty Research Institute event, several experts explore its legacy. Runtime: 80 min.

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Standardization and Canonization in Mexican Mariachi Music

on Born in Jalisco, the mariachi ensemble has for seventy years been a central symbol of the Mexican nation. This scholarly article trac...

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Beyond The Maquiladora: A Look At Mexico’s Startup Scene

Mexico already boasts one of the more dynamic startup scenes in Latin America — with Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara at its center. If Mexic...

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The MUNCHIES Guide to Carnitas

The key to eating this Michoacán-native dish is to leave your comfort zone and go after every part of the entire hog. Don’t be afraid to get ...

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