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Mexico City is a global city, affected by the growing transnationalism of the world, and a vital cultural center where the history of the Americas and the expansion of Western religions can be traced. Known in Spanish as La Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City is home to more than 19 million residents throughout 14,869 square miles (1 mile = 1.609 kilometers). As Mexico City also houses the Federal District of Mexico (Distrito Federal, D.F.), it holds the seat of powers for Mexico's union of 31 states.

History of Mexico City

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area where Mexico City is now located was known as Tenochtitlán. The establishment of the city is linked to an ancient prophetic vision that held that a city would be ...

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