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12 de Octubre: Día de la Resistencia Indígena Posted by on Oct 12, 2020

It may not be so contentious an issue from a North American standpoint, but for Latin-Americans everywhere this question has always been significant: What is the most appropriate name for October 12th? Throughout the 20th century, how Columbus Day should be called became an important subject when one remembers what it was supposed to be…

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Austria and Mexico: Joint Effort to Preserve Aztec Headdress Posted by on Jan 16, 2020

The Welt Museum Wien or the Museum of Ethnology in Vienna holds one of the most precious items left from the Aztec empire: Emperor Moctezuma’s headdress. This beautiful headdress or penacho is an iconic artefact of the museum and a go-to point for most Mexicans in Vienna. The Aztecs and Moctezuma The Imperio Azteca or the…

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Latin America Celebrates its Independence Posted by on Sep 26, 2019

Last week, Mexico celebrated 209 years of independence from Spain, but it wasn’t the only country celebrating! Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua also celebrate their independence this month. In this post, I will briefly share with you the independence stories of these Spanish-speaking countries! ¿Cómo empezó todo? Much of the independence movements…

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Mexico’s Call for Independence 209 Years Ago Posted by on Sep 12, 2019

In the early hours of September 16, 1810, in the town of Dolores in the state of Guanajuato, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla together with other revolutionary fighters, asked his people to take up arms and fight against the forces Nueva España or the Spanish colony in Mexico. Miguel Hidalgo gave the famous grito and rang the…

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Amarillo, azul y rojo: The Meaning Behind Three South American Flags Posted by on Apr 22, 2019

Have you ever wondered why the banderas (flags) of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela are so alike? In this blog I’ll dust off the history books to tell you why. Back in the 18th century, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela (as well as certain parts of today’s Peru, Guyana, and Brazil) were unificados into one huge nation…

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The Blooming Jacarandas in Mexico Posted by on Mar 7, 2019

Spring is here and many streets in Mexico City are already adornadas or decorated with the lovely flores de Jacaranda.  Spring and the 40 days of lent are distinctly marked by the beautiful violeta flower that blooms until Easter, until it falls and the tree turns green. How did this beautiful tree come to México…

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9 de julio: Día de la independencia de Argentina Posted by on Jul 9, 2015

¡Buenos días! Hoy, 9 de julio, se celebra en Argentina el Día de la independencia, declarada en 1816 por el Congreso de las Provincias Unidas en Sudamérica para separarse política, administrativa y militarmente del Reino de España. Hasta ese momento, Argentina formaba parte del Virreinato del Río de la Plata, más extenso que la actual República Argentina…

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