The People of Mexico



Picture is from: Mexico's People
An American-Spanish Society


Mexico  has a population if over 92 million people.  More than two-thirds of these people live in cities and small towns.  The rest of the people live in rural areas.  Mexico City, the capital, has over 20 million.  It is the second most populated city in the world.


Most Mexicans would describe themselves as mestizos. A mestizo is someone who is a descendant of both native Mexicans (called Indians) and Europeans.  The Indians peoples were the first to live in what is now Mexico.  


In 1519, the first Europeans - the Spanish conquerors arrived.  The Spanish gained control over the region, and Mexico was ruled by Spain until 1821.