Latin America Magazine
Information about Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil
Latin America's Physical features
Sierra Madre Mountains
This picture shows the Sierra Madre mountains which is a place that is very interesting to visit. The Sierra Madre mountains are a chain of mountains in Mexico with 3 major chains which are: the Sierra Madre Occidental, the Sierra Madre Oriental, and the Sierra Madre del Sur. This chain includes some volcanoes and some of the biggest mountains in Mexico making it a cool place to visit. I would recommend visiting their or maybe even driving and hiking their if possible.
The Amazon rain forest is a beautiful place filled with tons of different species of animals and plants. If I could go anywhere in Latin America, I would choose to go there. It may be dangerous since it is home to many unknown species, but I would be willing to risk that to visit. This humongous forest that is mostly located in Brazil also has waterfalls and the Amazon river which is also a pretty famous place. I would try to go there if I could.
Sierra Madre is a well known mountain located in Cuba. It is the biggest mountain in Cuba and is also a very historic place. It has been the home of 3 wars. It is a good place to honor those wars and those that passed away in it. It is also an interesting place to visit because of how it looks and stuff. It has steep valleys and deep rivers making it look like an obstacle course. Going there may be a little dangerous, but it is very interesting at the same time. I still don't recommend hiking their a lot though (that would probably be very bad).
Sierra Madre Mountains
What do you think of when you think of Cuba? Most people would think about their government and how harsh it is. Is that the first thing that comes to mind for you too? It is for me. As you may well know, Cuba is under a dictator which doesn't sound very fun. They have an autocratic type of government which dictatorship is under and they have a unitary system of government. This means that the central government rules everyone in this country. The current dictator is Raul Castro. Since this country is under a dictatorship, the leader will be a leader until he/she or in this case Raul Castro dies. This may seem like a nightmare to most of you but some of you might think that the country might be a little more organized and the likes. Even though it may seem a little more organized, nobody is perfect or even close. Cuba's government isn't as organized or neat as it may seem to some of you. They aren't able to control the organizations and people that are for independent rights and more freedom. This causes the government to rely on imprisonment and arbitrary detentions to harass and intimidate people. This makes the government seem a little pathetic and stuff, so this is a issue that they're having. In the end, I came to the conclusion that people should have at least some freedom and rights to be able to do well with some rules to prevent them from going too crazy.
The history of Mexico is one that not many people might not know of or maybe everyone knows it. There was an ancient civilization there called the Aztecs between 1345-1521 CE. The Aztecs were very famous at that time and controlled most of Mexico. The Aztecs were a very neat and well functioning civilization, so they managed to take over many other territories around them. They would sacrifice a lot of the people they captured because of their religion and that caused many people to fear them. Mythology was very important to them and they were polytheistic. They had a 265 day calendar for the gods and a 365 day calendar for harvesting which is what we use right now. They were known for their religion, but not as well they were for being highly accomplished in trading and agriculture. They also had many goods along with their architecture making them rich. They kept on expanding from 1430 CE since they had good tools and everything they needed and only got bigger until the Spanish conquistadors arrived. The Spanish conquistadors were the ones to cause their collapse. Spaniards led by Hernan Cortes took over the Aztecs when the king was Montezuma 2. When the Spaniards first arrived, they were mad at the Aztecs but was willing to forgive them if they repented for believing in their gods instead of being a roman catholic and believing in the Spaniards' one god. On the other hand, the Aztecs thought that the Spaniards were their gods because they resembled what they believed the gods looked like. This gave the Spaniards an advantage. Another advantage was that they had weapons and animals that the Aztecs had never seen before like horses and some weapons. Even though they had these advantages, they lost the first battle with the Aztecs. They managed to capture Montezuma 2 on November 8, 1519, but they eventually lost and had to let him go. The second time they fought, the Spaniards were more prepared and they won. Also, the Spaniards carried diseases that the Aztecs weren't immune to which killed most of the Aztecs. This causes the Spaniards to win the second battle with the Aztecs. After they took over, they named the Aztecs' capital city, Tenochititlan, Mexico City. The Aztecs then got educated they became slaves because the Spaniards wanted slaves and they thought the Aztecs were getting smarter too smart by themselves. After all this, many died but some are still alive today.