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Mexican History The history of Mexico , a country located in the southern portion of North America , covers a period of more than three millennia. First populated more than 13,000 years ago, [1] the territory had complex indigenous civilizations before being conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century. From 1519, the Spaniards absorbed the native peoples into Spain's vast colonial empire, and fused Mexico's long-established native civilizations with European culture. Perhaps nothing better represents this hybrid background than Mexico's languages: the country is both the most populous Spanish -speaking country in the world and home to the largest number of Native American language speakers in North America. For three centuries Mexico was part of the Spanish Empire , and during this period the current Spanish -speaking, Catholic and Westernized Mexican culture was born. After a protracted struggle Mexico declared its independence from Spain in 1810. In 1846, the Mexican American War broke out, ending two years later with Mexico ceding almost half of its territory to the United States.
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