Updated: Sep 27, 2022
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Mexico or officially the United Mexican States.
Mexico is a country located in the southern part of North America.
It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico.
Reason for Naming the country
The Aztecs were principally governed by the inhabitants of Mēxihco Tenōchtitlan (the full name of Mexico City in Nahuatl). They called themselves Mēxihcah or Tenōchcah and claimed that before settling in the Valley of Mexico they had been known as the Mexihtin. This ethnonym was derived either from the name of the leader who guided them out of the mythical land of Aztlan, Mecihtli or from Mēxihtli, a title of the tribal god Huitzilopochtli. In this view, Mēxihco means “land of the Mexihtin” or “land of Mēxihtli.” There are several stories about the origin of the name Mexico. Part of the word, mexi, is thought to be the name of a war god of the Aztecs, Mexitli. This god got his name from the word metztli, which meant moon, and xictli, which meant navel. It is thought that by putting these two words together, the meaning changed to "child of the moon."