One of my favorite excerpts from The People’s Guide to Mexico, Carl’s “Brief History of Mexico” is available on-line for the first time.
Mexican history is fascinating but very confusing. Did the Aztecs take over from the Toltecs or the Maya, and who did Madero really assassinate, Carranza or Obregón or neither one? To make telling the bad guys from the good guys easier, just note which historical figures have city streets, dams and schools named after them–and which don’t (Cortés and Porfirio Díaz, among others). 1200-500 b.c.: The rise and decline of the Olmecs. a.d. 300-900: The rise and fall of the […]