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History of Mexico

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Last updated: July 18, 2017
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What peninsula was struck by an asteroid 66 million years ago -
causing the extinction of the dinosaurs?
Yucatan
What ancient culture built pyramids and developed writing?
The Mayas
What native empire dominated Mexico from 1300-1521?
The Aztecs
What was the staple crop that empire?
Corn
Who was the leader of that empire at the time of the European invasion?
Moctezuma II
What European country invaded and conquered that empire?
Spain
Which conquistador led the invasion?
Hernán Cortés
What disease decimated the native population shortly after the arrival of Europeans?
Smallpox
What country declared its independence from Mexico in 1836?
Texas
What general served eleven non-consecutive terms as President of Mexico during the 1800s?
Antonio López de
Santa Anna
What country invaded Mexico and seized the capital in 1847?
United States
What country invaded Mexico in 1861 and established Maximilian as emperor?
France
What 19th century President’s birthday is celebrated as a national holiday?
Benito Juárez
What general raided the southern U.S. in the early 1900s?
Pancho Villa
What unibrowed painter was married to fellow artist Diego Rivera?
Frida Kahlo
What trade agreement was signed by Mexico, Canada, and the United States in 1993?
NAFTA
In what southern state did Zapatista rebels clash with government forces in the 1990s?
Chiapas
What President ended 71 years of single-party rule when he was elected in 2000?
Vicente Fox
What crime group, named for a letter of the Spanish alphabet, was founded in
the 1990s by former Mexican Army commandos?
Los Zetas
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level 65
Jul 17, 2017
Moctezuma II was not the last Aztec Emperor... He was Emperor at the arrival of the spanish conquistadors, but he was succeeded in 1520 by Cuitlahuac (next to last, in office for only 80 days) who in turn was succeeded by the last Emperor CUAUHTEMOC who finally surrendered the Aztec Capital Tenochtitlan in 1521
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level ∞
Jul 18, 2017
Fixed
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level 49
Feb 6, 2018
you haven't fixed it lol
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level 38
Feb 8, 2018
Kept trying Cuahutemoc and it didn't work
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level 70
Jul 18, 2017
Thanks! Really, thanks for accepting "mexica" for "aztec"!
I know it's not that difficult to erase-then-type, but knowing that "mexica" is accepted as answer is really good...
Then again, why the insistence in revering a below-average at-best painter like Kahlo, having the likes of Rivera, Tamayo and Siqueiros?
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level 25
Jul 19, 2017
good quiz!
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level 75
Jul 20, 2017
Typed in Santa Ana with one "n". Figured I was wrong and moved on.
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level 59
Jul 24, 2017
I did the same...
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level 65
Feb 5, 2018
me too.
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
Same here, I knew that's who we were talking about. The 2 different spellings for the same name confuse me. It's always spelled Santa Ana in the numerous place names, presumably all named after Jesus' grammy.
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level 80
Jul 25, 2017
Maize would be more specific :: http://www.differencebetween.net/object/comparisons-of-food-items/difference-between-corn-and-maize/
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level 60
Jan 20, 2018
For the British I would agree since "corn" could also mean other grains but for Americans and Canadians "corn" is used much more than maize. I would venture to say that corn is more international. Having said that, maize should be an accepted answer.
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level 64
Feb 5, 2018
almost didn't finish it because I kept spelling Pancho as Poncho...finally got it by just putting in Villa..LOL
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level 57
Feb 5, 2018
It's 'Maya'. Not 'Mayas'.
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level 72
Feb 5, 2018
The people would be the "Mayans", wouldn't they?
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level 74
Feb 5, 2018
https://www.nature.com/news/collapse-of-aztec-society-linked-to-catastrophic-salmonella-outbreak-1.21485
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level 47
Feb 5, 2018
Why does Frida not work?
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
Same reason just Margaret isn't accepted when asked to name the Prime Ministers. Why even post this time waster?
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level 66
Feb 5, 2018
Accept Santa Ana?
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level 58
Feb 5, 2018
What about the Emes? (Letter M)
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level 50
Feb 6, 2018
What was the staple crop OF that empire?? Forgot the word of?
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
Did you forget that you had already included the question mark? Did you forget to include the subject and interrogative auxiliary construction in your question?
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level 41
Feb 6, 2018
I think adding the Zetas to the history of Mexico is insulting, that group keeps killing people and kidnapping, and to put them here in the quiz instead of something else like the independence day, 5 de mayo (Batalla de Puebla), Mexican Revolution, The discoveries and inventions of the Mayans, The territories of Mexico in central and north America, the incursions of Mexican ships through all the South Pacific, Where does the Hot Peppers, Tomatoes, Chocolate, Vanilla, etc. Originated. And many many more things.
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
Yes, the Mexican Revolution didn't murder thousands so that's a great substitute.
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level 51
Feb 6, 2018
I think the question for the Texas should read more along the lines of which US state was founded by by settlers who illegally invaded Mexican land and then had the nerve to call their illegal act a declaration of independence.
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level 41
Feb 8, 2018
Sounds like Crimea.
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level 39
May 6, 2018
To Croppsies98: Sounds like how the USA acquired most of it's land, with possible exceptions of the Louisiana Purchase, Alaska and Hawaii.
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
Sort of, but Crimea's had 100+ years of Russian majority, Israel's been 70 years settled in on Palestine, Polish have had historic German land and Ukrainians eastern Polish lands for 70+ years, etc. Very few now were born in those places before forced occupation and relocation, right or wrong. The immigrant "Texans" still had the water on their backs when they started killing government soldiers and officials. Obviously 180 years on, the aforementioned is the case with Texas too, but mythologizing those slave expansionist immigrant insurrectionists is a travesty.
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level 57
Jul 29, 2018
Can you imagine if the illegal immigrants, including many senior Mexican government officials, started a war against the U.S. government to take U.S. soil as an independent country? Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett, Sam Houston, Steve Austin, etc were foreign immigrant insurgents and several had been members of the foreign legislature (U.S. Congress). Sorry, Texas, they weren't patriots, they were closer to ISIS. At least, for better or worse, some members of ISIS are natives of the territory they try to take control of for their own greedy gain. The foreign insurgents' government even put a bounty on native residents' scalps brought to them. Terrorist insurgents through and through.