American Influence And Relationship
Mexicans see American TV and movies, they wear American clothes everywhere, there are American stores like Walmart and Costco in almost every city in Mexico, American cars clog the roads, American consumer goods and household items are in practically every home, businesses are organized along American lines, American business practices are copied and taught, Mexicans flock to the United States to study and live and the list goes on and on, believe me.
Does this mean they want to become Americans? Absolutely not. That’s the irony, the paradox. In other words, those that adopt American habits, music, clothes, the American ways of seeing things, does that mean they want to become Americans? Don’t they all want to live here? No! Certainly not in all cases. For the most part, they probably do NOT want to become American.
Many actually have negative feelings about the United States “dominance”. It disturbs them. They don’t like United States foreign policy. They don’t agree with the American “Imperialism” (known as “Globalization” in the United States). So there is a grand disconnection here. They cope and play by American rules, but many of them have misgivings about the United States that much. For the most part, they want to keep their national identities and only take from the United States culture that which suits them. That’s very Mexican indeed; play by the rules and take what you get only when it’s convenient for you. Adopting some American culture does not mean they adopt the United States as a nation.
A Bit Of HIstory
You might wonder, where did all of this begin? All this of course started with the history of both countries, which is similar in many aspects but extremely different at the same time. Most scholars believe that the Americas were first settled by Asian people sometime between 4000 and 6000 years ago. They preceded the Native Americans and the North and South American tribes.
The United States, however, was not a country until 1776. The British colonized the United States and the Americans have blended their culture with many other cultures that have been imported by the migration of various communities from all over the world.
On the other hand, Mexico was already a powerful and prosperous civilization by 1519, when it was conquered by Hernan Cortes, the Spanish conquistador. This happened 257 years before the United States even existed as a country.
Mexico’s amazing history actually begins around 1400 BC with the ‘mother culture,’ more commonly know as the mysterious Olmec civilization. The Olmecs are considered to be one of the earliest great civilizations in Mesoamerica. They resided in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in what are roughly the present day states of Veracruz and Tabasco.
Many believe the Olmecs may have been the original source of the complex religious system that the Mayans and the Aztecs would later use. They were probably...