Surfing the Net with Kids: Mexico

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April 29, 2001

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Welcome back. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, today’s Mexico topic is accompanied by:

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Mexico, our diverse neighbor to the south, is the third most populous country of the Western Hemisphere, ranking only behind the United States and Brazil. Although it is impossible to characterize an entire country with a selection of just five Web sites, today’s tour is a sampling of Mexico’s history, culture and geography.

Discovering Mexico


This National Geographic feature written by Michael Parfit highlights the challenges that Mexico faces today. “Mexico is struggling. This country, 756,000 square miles of deserts, forests, highlands, volcanoes, endless seashores, and trembling earth, populated by 95 million people, is classified in the jargon of world economics as a developing nation.” Join Parfit as he flies from one end of the country to the other, or follow the seven daily dispatches of photojournalist Richard Olsenius as he explores Mexico City.

Mexico for Kids


“The Constitution calls our country the United Mexican States because it consists of thirty-one states and the Federal District, which have joined together to form a federation.” Created by the office of the Presidency of the Republic of Mexico, this site introduces Mexican history, government, and biodiversity, and includes a page of current news (such as President’s Bush recent visit.)

Mexico from Empire to Revolution


Based on two recent exhibitions at the Getty Research Institute, this site ” presents nineteenth-century photographs suggestive of the romance and the reality of European imperial dreams in Mexico. Images of failed French attempts to establish an empire in Mexico in the 1860s are juxtaposed with images of the ruins of ancient empires.” This summer the online exhibition will expand to “document Mexico’s emergence as a modern, industrialized nation over the latter half of the nineteenth century, culminating in the tumultuous decade-long revolution that began in 1910.”

World Book: Cinco de Mayo


“Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated on May 5 by Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Its name is Spanish for Fifth of May. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of a Mexican army over a French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, won the battle even though the French force was better armed and three times as large.” This special Word Book feature is a compilation of related encyclopedia articles, including History of Mexico, Modern Mexican Culture, and Hispanic Americans. Each section includes an interactive quiz.

Virtual Palenque


“Welcome to a virtual tour of the Maya ruins of Palenque. Located in Chiapas, Mexico, Palenque is one of the grandest of all Maya ruins. So much has been found from this exquisite site, from the hieroglyphs and the tomb of Pacal in the Temple of Inscriptions, to the unique architecture and beautifully carved sculptures in the Palace.” This virtual tour is absolutely magnificent! You have the choice of being guided by archeologist Dr. Thomas Guderjan, or taking a self-guided path. Either way, you will need the free QuickTimeVR plug-in to view the 360-degree, interactive panoramas.

Surfing the Calendar

World Penguin Day
Apr 25, 2001
Space Day
May 3, 2001
Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2001
Cartoonist Day
May 5, 2001

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Viva Mexico! The Story of Benito Juarez and Cinco De Mayo

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