47 Facts About Mexico City


Greater Mexico City has a GDP of $411 billion in 2011, which makes it one of the most productive urban areas in the world.

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In 1524, the municipality of Mexico City was established, known as, and as of 1585, it was officially known as.

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Mexico City was the political, administrative, and financial center of a major part of the Spanish colonial empire.

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Mexico City was traditionally known as La Ciudad de los Palacios, a nickname attributed to Baron Alexander von Humboldt when visiting the city in the 19th century, who, sending a letter back to Europe, said Mexico City could rival any major city in Europe.

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Mexico City is colloquially known as Chilangolandia after the locals' nickname chilangos.

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Oldest signs of human occupation in the area of Mexico City are those of the "Penon woman" and others found in San Bartolo Atepehuacan.

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Mexico City did not establish a territory under his own personal rule, but remained loyal to the Spanish crown.

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Franciscan friar Toribio de Benavente Motolinia, one of the Twelve Apostles of Mexico who arrived in New Spain in 1524, described the rebuilding of the city as one of the afflictions or plagues of the early period:.

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Mexico City grew as the population did, coming up against the lake's waters.

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Unlike Brazil or Peru, Mexico City had easy contact with both the Atlantic and Pacific worlds.

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The concept of nobility in Mexico City was not political but rather a very conservative Spanish social one, based on proving the worthiness of the family.

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Battle for Mexico City was the series of engagements from 8 to 15 September 1847, in the general vicinity of Mexico City during the U S Mexican War.

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Mexico City is located in the Valley of Mexico, sometimes called the Basin of Mexico.

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Mexico City has a subtropical highland climate, due to its tropical location but high elevation.

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Nonetheless, the annual rate of growth of the Metropolitan Area of Mexico City is much lower than that of other large urban agglomerations in Mexico, a phenomenon most likely attributable to the environmental policy of decentralization.

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Greater Mexico City is formed by Mexico City, 60 municipalities from the State of Mexico and one from the state of Hidalgo.

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Greater Mexico City is the largest metropolitan area in Mexico and the area with the highest population density.

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Greater Mexico City was the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country until the late 1980s.

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The patron saint of Mexico City is Saint Philip of Jesus, a Mexican Catholic missionary who became one of the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan.

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Mexico City is home to the largest population of Americans living outside the United States.

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Mexico City is home to some of the best private hospitals in the country, including Hospital Angeles, Hospital ABC and Medica Sur.

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Mexico City joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2015.

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In 1970, Mexico City was split into four different delegaciones: Cuauhtemoc, Miguel Hidalgo, Venustiano Carranza and Benito Juarez, increasing the number of delegaciones to 16.

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On that date, Mexico City began a transition to becoming the country's 32nd federal entity, giving it a level of autonomy comparable to that of a state.

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Secretariat of Public Security of Mexico City manages a combined force of over 90, 000 officers in Mexico City.

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The investigative Judicial Police of Mexico City is organized under the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico City (the Procuraduria General de Justicia de la Ciudad de Mexico).

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Mexico City has one of the world's highest police officer-to-resident ratios, with one uniformed officer per 100 citizens.

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Mexico City sees punishment "related to the growing politicization of security and crime issues and the resulting criminalization of the people living at the margins of urban society, in particular those who work in the city's informal economy".

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Mexico City is one of the most important economic hubs in Latin America.

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The high spending power of Mexico City inhabitants makes the city attractive for companies offering prestige and luxury goods.

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Mexico City offers an immense and varied consumer retail market, ranging from basic foods to ultra high-end luxury goods.

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Mexico City has many modes of public transportation, from the metro system, to suburban rail, light rail, regular buses and minibusses (locally known as "peseros"), bus rapid transit (Metrobus and Mexibus—partially—systems), and trolleybuses, to bike share and cableways.

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Mexico City is served by the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, a 225.

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Mexico City has four major bus stations, which comprise one of the world's largest transportation agglomerations, with bus service to many cities across the country and international connections.

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The facility is in Xochimilco borough in southern Mexico City and includes several buildings surrounded by sprawling manicured lawns.

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Mexico City has numerous museums dedicated to art, including Mexican colonial, modern and contemporary art, and international art.

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The Museo de San Ildefonso, housed in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City's historic downtown district is a 17th-century colonnaded palace housing an art museum that regularly hosts world-class exhibits of Mexican and international art.

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Mexico City is home to a number of orchestras offering season programs.

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Mexico City has a number of IMAX theaters, providing residents and visitors access to films ranging from documentaries to blockbusters on these large screens.

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Mexico City is known for having some of the freshest fish and seafood in Mexico's interior.

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Mexico City offers a variety of cuisines: restaurants specializing in the regional cuisines of Mexico's 31 states are available in the city, and the city has several branches of internationally recognized restaurants.

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Mexico City is the Mexico's most important for the printed media and book publishing industries.

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Mexico City is the first Latin American city to host the Olympic Games, having held the Summer Olympics in 1968, winning bids against Buenos Aires, Lyon and Detroit.

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Mexico City is home of the Mexico City Red Devils of the Mexican League, which is considered a Triple-A league by Major League Baseball.

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Mexico City has some 10 Little Leagues for young baseball players.

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In 2005, Mexico City became the first city to host an NFL regular season game outside of the United States, at the Azteca Stadium.

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Mexico City has hosted several NBA pre-season games and has hosted international basketball's FIBA Americas Championship, along with north-of-the-border Major League Baseball exhibition games at Foro Sol.

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