Interesting Facts about Mexico, Part 2

How many times have you thought about Mexico and maybe traveled to this amazing country without knowing what these lands hide? Apart from popular destinations, alluring beaches, abundant history and magical places waiting to be discovered, Mexico has a lot more to offer than you imagined.

As seen in our previous article, exploring Mexico is also finding out the facts that unravel the beauty of Mexican culture and nature that goes beyond borders. All that’s left for you to do is to discover even more on your own by driving through the country. With your Mexican auto insurance, of course. Before you do that, stay with your Oscar Padilla Mexican Auto Insurance just a little bit longer and read a few more things you may not have known.

Mexico’s food

Mexico introduced chocolate, corn and chilies to the world.

Chocolate was discovered in Mexico, only to become one of the most popular desserts on the globe. The word ‘chocolate’ comes from the Náhuatl word ‘chocolatl’. That’s how the Aztecs called the beverage made from the seeds of the cacao tree. There is evidence of cacao beverage being prepared in Mexico 1900 BCE. The Mayans liked their drink steaming hot, while the Aztecs drank it cold. Unable to grow cacao themselves, the Aztecs highly appreciated it and even used it as currency. Cacao was believed to be of divine origin, so it also had religious significance and was used during marriage ceremonies.

Chili peppers are the staple ingredient of traditional Mexican cuisine. This you probably knew already, but did you know that chilies have been a part of the human diet since 7500 BCE? Originated in Mexico, domesticated more than 6,000 years ago, and widely consumed in pre-Columbian times, chili peppers were introduced to the world during The Columbian Exchange. Christopher Columbus was one of the first Europeans who encountered them. Soon after, these spicy peppers started to be cultivated around the globe and found their place in many cuisines worldwide.

Corn was also first cultivated by indigenous people in Mexico, approximately 10,000 years ago. In the light of recent studies and evidence, it is believed that all corn arose from a single domestication in southern Mexico, about 9000 years ago. After the arrival of Spaniards, corn spread to the rest of the world. It is now the most widely grown grain crop in the Americas.

‘Pago en Especie’: system that appreciates art

‘Pago en Especie’ (Payment in Kind) is a six-decade old program in Mexico that allows artists to pay their taxes in artwork. It is an interesting and innovative policy that values art and gives artists the opportunity to stay immersed in their vocation.

If an artist sells 1-5 pieces of art per year, they need to donate one piece to the government. If they sell 6-8 pieces, they’ll donate two, and so on, up to six pieces of art donations. The artwork has to meet a certain standard of quality and it is valued based on the price for other works by the artist.

For Mexican artists, this is also a chance to be a part of the national heritage collection, displayed in a permanent exhibit in Mexico City. This impressive collection boasts 8,000 works of fine art, including sculptures and paintings. There you can see the artwork of prominent Mexican artists like Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and Leonora Carrington.

Mexican auto insurance: companion for your next adventure

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