The Caesar Salad, surprisingly, was not conceived in ancient Rome but rather in the bustling border city of Tijuana, Mexico, during the 1920s. The salad’s creation is credited to Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant and restaurateur, who owned a popular eatery in Tijuana. Legend has it that in 1924, on a particularly busy Fourth of July weekend, Cardini had to improvise a dish for his restaurant’s patrons due to dwindling supplies.
Oaxaca, a hidden jewel of Mexico’s cuisine, is known for its complex blend of indigenous and colonial flavors. The cuisine of this area is a lively representation of the area’s rich cultural diversity, fusing historic traditions with modern innovation.
Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the United States was heavily involved in a string of military interventions, occupations, and wars known as the Banana Wars across Central America and the Caribbean. These interventions were initiated to safeguard American investments and guarantee regional stability, and were motivated by economic motives, political power, and geopolitical reasons.
An important turning point in the history of American expansion occurred during the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). Tensions between Texas and Mexico erupted into a full-scale war due to territorial issues and competing interpretations of the border between the two countries. The annexation of Texas by the United States and the ideology of “Manifest Destiny” only inflamed the need for expansion.
On May 5th, Mexicans all around the world celebrate the day that the Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla. When Emperor Napoleon III of France attempted to build a French-controlled empire in Mexico, this critical incident occurred.
Baja California, the elongated peninsula stretching alongside Mexico’s western coast, has a history rich with cultural and geographical significance. The region was inhabited by indigenous peoples long before Spanish colonization, with the Kumeyaay and Cochimí being prominent groups.
On January 1, 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) launched a surprise attack on numerous towns in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, sparking the Chiapas Uprising, also known as the Zapatista Rebellion. The mysterious Subcomandante Marcos led the Zapatistas in their fight for land rights, social justice, and democracy on behalf of indigenous communities and peasants.
The Aztec Civilization was an outstanding Mesoamerican society that existed from the 14th to the early 16th century and was known for its sophisticated agriculture, architecture, and social organization. The Aztecs’ skilled urban planning was on display in the massive temples, causeways, and markets they constructed in and around Tenochtitlan (present-day Mexico City).