The States of Mexico: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The States of Mexico: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The States of Mexico: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The States of Mexico: A Reference Guide to History and Culture


Mexico comprises 32 diverse states, and this reference is the first to succinctly profile each. Each chapter devoted to one of the states provides a contemporary snapshot of the most important information to know about the state, with essay sections on its characteristics, flora and fauna, cultural groups and languages, history, economy, social customs, arts, noteworthy places, and cuisine with representative recipes. Familiar and noteworthy names in Mexican culture are highlighted in the applicable sections. The format is perfect for students studying Spanish and travelers and general readers wanting a different angle from that provided in guidebooks and more authoritativeness than they can offer. Readers learn about the pulsing metropolis of Mexico City to the jungle isolation found in the Yucatan Peninsula.


The official name of the country that is commonly called Mexico is Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Mexico is a federal republic consisting of thirtyone states, plus the Distrito Federal, which includes much of Mexico City and has a status somewhat similar to that of Washington, D.C. The States of Mexico offers narrative information on each Mexican state and the federal district. The aim is to encourage a deeper appreciation of Mexico’s rich history and culture by providing a solid, authoritative overview of the states, with key information for students, researchers, and travelers.

The thirty-two political entities are presented in alphabetical order. The following topics are described for each:

State Characteristics

The first section discusses geography, demography, flora and fauna, and climate. Major administrative divisions and towns are identified. (Population figures throughout this book are based on data published by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Estadística. In 2005, when the last census was taken, Mexico’s total population was given as 103,263,388.) Available space prohibits the inclusion of details relating to health and education, though each entry does contain an indication of the level of provision of higher education, which may suggest the extent of the educational infrastructure. Information about the state’s newspapers is also given.

Cultural Groups and Languages

The next section deals with ethnic and cultural diversity—in particular, the presence of indigenous peoples in each state. In some states, the indigenous peoples are highly integrated into the mainstream culture and their . . .

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