Mexico City, the capital of the Republic of Mexico, has perhaps the most colorful history of any major metropolis. It was once the center of the Aztec Empire ruled by Montezuma. The ... See full summary »

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Mexico City, the capital of the Republic of Mexico, has perhaps the most colorful history of any major metropolis. It was once the center of the Aztec Empire ruled by Montezuma. The National Palace of Arts, which also houses the National Theater, is one of the more spectacular of the modern buildings. The Plaza Mayor forms the most historic section of the city. Benito Juarez, the former president of the republic, is one of the most influential figures in shaping the city. Much of what is seen in Mexico City comes from its Spanish heritage, including bullfighting, which is a polarizing topic even amongst Mexicans. They also take some history from France, as seen through the workings at and the actual structure of the Chapultepec Castle. Written by Huggo

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7 September 1935 (USA)  »

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TravelTalks
28 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Historic Mexico City (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

TravelTalks entry takes us to Mexico City where we learn a little about its history including the fact that it's the Capital (duh!) and that it was a former empire to the Aztec Indians. We also learn that at one time one-third of it was owned by the Catholic Church and we also get a brief clip of the popular bullfighting. We learn a little about Montezuma before closing things down with the Mexico City Police Band doing a nice number. Mexico would be a very popular spot for this series as James A. FitzPatrick went there at least five times from what I've seen. This early entry isn't the best in the series but it delivers just what you'd expect and that's a nice bit of history with some good visuals in Technicolor. From what I've seen the other trips to Mexico were a tad bit more entertaining but fans will still want to check this one out.


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