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Spike
831816.  Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:59 am Reply with quote

Mexico's full name is Estados Unidos De Mexico
'The United States of Mexico'
And it's capital city is Mexico D.F. (Distrito Federal or Federal District)

 
CB27
831819.  Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:25 am Reply with quote

And just in case some people don't know, Mexican chickens are not called Caracas.

:)

 
britishsm
954563.  Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:50 pm Reply with quote

I give you General Ignacio Comonfort (1812 - 1863).

He was a political moderate and came to be Mexican president after a revolution in 1855. The party he led was committed to putting into effect a radical new constitution which aimed to sweep aside legal restraints on the press and political activity, demolish the political power of the army and nationalise the wealth of the Catholic Church in Mexico.

The fly in the ointment was that there was by no means universal support for the new constitution. Riots by protesters were commonplace, several factions took up arms against the government and some government ministers even spoke out saying that the constitution was unworkable.

Comonfort dithered ... amid the riots and chaos ... for two years.

Then many of the opponents to the new constitution joined forces in open rebellion under General Felix Zuloaga and Comonfort was spurred into action. On 17th December 1857 he abandoned his attempts to govern under the constitution he had sworn to uphold, left the presidential palace ... ... and joined the rebels to topple his own government.

Needless to say the rebellion was an absolute disaster, the rebels captured Mexico City but the government, under minister Benito Juarez, simply set up a rival government in Veracruz. In 1861 the government won the civil war and Juarez became Mexicos president.

Comonfort fled to the US in 1858. He returned in the early 1860's to join another fight, this time against invading French troops, and was killed in battle in 1863.

possibly the only president to rebel against his own government.

B.

 

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