Reblog: Mexican Conservatism

I think I have found a kindred spirit in La Historiadora.  As a former Latin American history scholar and life long learner, she’s putting her knowledge to use by sharing some interesting stories about Mexico’s past.  I suggest you head over to her site and follow if you’re interested in finding out more about Mexican […]

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PARAGUAY AND THE WAR OF THE TRIPLE ALLIANCE- Part 2

  The Importance of River Access: How Geopolitics Provoked the War of the Triple Alliance   Last week we started our exploration of the Paraguayan War and how river access was of vital importance to the landlocked nation. Remember, in 1850, Brazilian ships were granted free navigation along the Paraguay River.  In exchange, Paraguay wanted […]

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Today in History: Construction on the Panama Canal begins

  Construction actually began on the Panama Canal in the 1880s, under the guidance of a French construction team.  In those days, Panama was still a part of Colombia.  After The War of a Thousand Days between the Liberals and Conservatives of Colombia, Panama, with assistance from the United States, emerged as an independent nation. […]

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Cinco de Mayo: A story of the Mexicans, the French and the Austrian Archduke

  This weekend, many of Mexican origin and descent will celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  It is a holiday in, Puebla, Mexico.  There will be beers, tequila, margaritas and food galore.  There will be parties celebrated in homes and in bars, on the streets and in squares.  But what’s the reason for these celebrations?  Why is […]

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