Mexico 2

Capital: Mexico city

president: Enrique Peña Nieto

population: 121,876,056 (2015 Estimate)

Year Event
1519 Spanish forces led by Hernando Cortés arrive and conquer Mexico.
1810 Mexico wins Independence from Spain in 1821.
1836 Texas declares its independence from Mexico. Mexicans and Texans battle at the Alamo and San Jacinto.
1848 The U.S. wins the Mexican-American War and gains Mexican territory. The land includes what are now Nevada and Utah, plus parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado.
1910 The Mexican Revolution begins when citizens rise up against oppressive rulers. A new constitution is adopted in 1917.
1968 Mexico City hosts the first Olympic Games ever held in Latin America.
1985 An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 strikes Mexico City. Nearly 10,000 people are killed.
2006 U.S. President George W. Bush signs a law that authorizes the building of a 700-mile fence between Mexico and the U.S. in order to help stop illegal immigration.