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The mestizo race was born when the first Spanish soldier raped an Indian woman. Embodying a mixture of Spanish and Indian blood, mestizos comprised a majority of New Spain's population by the late 18th Century but occupied a rung on the socio-economic ladder only slightly higher than the Indian. By the early 1800s criollos were gathering together in small "literary" societies to discuss in secret dangerous literature banned by the Spanish government. In time, these literary groups became, mostly in name only, revolutionary cells which brainstormed ways to overthrow the outdated Spanish colonial regime.
What actually awaited them was a riot. The Spanish force under Pedro de Alvarado had attacked and killed several thousand Aztecs during a religious ceremony and now the entire city was Page 29 up in arms against the invaders. Cortés with his augmented forces managed to enter the city and reunite with Alvarado but then they found themselves trapped. Cortés forced the resigned and depressed Moctezuma to address the angry crowds but the Aztecs no longer recognized the authority of their former leader.
Locally owned and operated motels or restaurants are your best bet. Avoid fancy chain hotels. In the I'll-believe-it-when-I-see-it category, there are very preliminary studies under way to evaluate the feasibility of building a high speed rail connection between San Antonio, Texas, and Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Local Transport Presumably you plan to do most of your traveling by train but situations requiring other types of transport will arise. ) The yellow and green VW bugs and Datsuns in Mexico City have meters but just make sure that the driver turns it on when you get in.