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Lecture Notes - Hist 143 Mexico has been an important urban...

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Hist 143 February 11, 2008 * Mexico has been an important urban center in the world for hundreds of years * The Spanish built their cathedral right on top of where the Aztec great  pyramid had been  * Mexico is divided into three regions:  North  desert landscape newest part of the country signifies change and modernity influenced by U.S. became more populated as a result of Spanish colonization due to  silver mines Middle center of Mexico main area of colonization South  most indigenous part many indigenous groups living there  * Mexico was the richest colony of Spain because of the silver mines * Characteristics of early Mexico: Caudillo leadership as something that tends to fill a power vacuum Economy went backwards when silver mines were wrecked during the war Power of the church continued *
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