|I ran across this
information the other day reading the Washington Post. I neglected
to write down the author's name. He has a new book out and
the Post ran an article on June 3 with a title like "Why
Mexico is not spelled Massachusetts".
Strange title but an interesting set of
ideas that is somewhat relevant to the history of the
Hicksville Ohio area.
It was the luck of the draw that the
English landed their ships in North American and Columbus
ended up in the Caribbean. Had Columbus taken a right turn
he could have landed in the Carolinas. We could be speaking
Another interesting thought is how
North America's society differs from Mexico's. The Europeans
(English in particular) that came to North America were
farmers, entrepreneurs and settlers. People looking to do
their own thing. The English, in particular, also came from
a culture that respected individual rights and had started
to change its laws to protect its citizens. And when the
English arrived here they found groups of nomadic tribes of
red men who did not have much of an organized society making
it pretty easy to take land from them.
Lastly, the English were Protestants.
Mexico on the other hand was invaded by
the Spanish. Upon arriving in Mexico the Spanish found a
highly evolved society. Mexico City was founded in 1325 by
the Aztecs. When the Spanish arrived in 1519, it had a
population of over 100,000 people. In fact Mexico City is
the oldest and largest city in the Americas even today. The Spanish could conquer
the people of Mexico and gain from them by demanding tribute
(taxes). So instead of sending settlers to Mexico, Spain
sent soldiers. And the Spanish were Roman Catholics. It
wasn't until Napoleon had it out with the Spanish that
Mexico got out from under the Spanish rule. But then they
went under French rule.