There's probably more you don't know than actually do know about Mexico, but one thing you probably thought you knew is that the name of the country is Mexico. You would be wrong! Keep reading to find out what the actual name is and why they want to change it's name.

I honestly had no idea that Mexico wasn't the name of Mexico, but apparently it's true.

...the official title of Mexico is the “United Mexican States,” and President Calderon is pushing for the country to change its title to just Mexico. The country adopted the title in 1824 after they declared independence from Spain, and chose to imitate their northern democratic neighbor. The full title of Mexico is mainly used on currency, official legal documents and other government documents.

Since Calderon first joined the senate back in 2003, he has been pushing for this bill to be passed, stating:

“(this bill) doesn’t have the urgency of other reforms … Mexico doesn’t need a name that emulates another country and that no one uses on a daily basis,” he said.

Calderon also states that changing the name will boost the tourism in Mexico and reinstill a feeling of safety for people who live outside Mexico. A recent study done by the Vianovo consulting firm stated that half of Americans find Mexico unfavorable and more than 70% of Americans do not feel safe traveling south of the border.


Did you know that Mexico's name wasn't Mexico?

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