A Brief Introduction to the Mexican Revolution

  In 1910, the Mexican economy was still primarily based on agriculture and mining.  Society was constructed around a feudal-style system where a handful of wealthy landowners controlled vast estates which accounted for the majority of land.  These ‘semi-kingdoms’ were autonomously run and dependent on subservient labour.  Peasant workers were usually granted a small parcel […]

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Lázaro Cárdenas and the post Revolution Reforms in Mexico

Who was Lázaro Cárdenas? He was the President of Mexico from 1935 to 1940. He was said to be one of the most honest and dedicated of all Mexican presidents.  During his campaign, he visited many rural villages and towns, the likes of which had a never before seen a presidential candidate far less a […]

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This Day in History: The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis began on October 15, 1962 with the US discovery of the USSR’s building of medium-range missile sites in Cuba.  The resulting stand-off between the world’s two opposing super powers would not end until November of the same year.   On October 22, 1962, President John. F. Kennedy announced, in a televised speech […]

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Paraguay and the War of the Triple Alliance – Part 1

War of the triple alliance

  History is rife with wars and struggles and Latin American history significantly so.  A couple weeks ago we covered the story of Mexican independence.  In the year 1821, several Latin American countries gained their independence from Spain.  That, however, was just one more step in their stories.  After achieving independence most of Latin America […]

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