Born in the wake of empire, conquest and revolution, Mexico today is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world. Its capital city—the second largest after Tokyo—is bursting with 20 million people and rivals the whole of Australia in population.
From the famous single cry, "Viva Mexico!" that sweeps the country every Independence Day, to the spectacle and pageantry summoned by reverence for the Virgin of Guadalupe, Discovery Atlas: Mexico Revealed, narrated by Edward James Olmos, takes you on a journey into the heart of the ancient and the modern, the restless and the pristine with the unique people of Mexico as your guide.
The story of Mexico is a story of faith and family, ritual and tradition. Mexico is home to the New World's largest Catholic Church and diocese, where 90 percent of Mexicans call themselves Catholic. Yet nothing can be less orthodox than rituals celebrating the dead or spectacles honoring their patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Deep in the heartland, the largest indigenous community in the Americas practice rituals that hearken back to ancient Mayan beliefs.
While Mexico is surrounded by 6,000 miles of coastline, up in the north, Mexico rubs shoulders with the world's mightiest superpower along 1,950 miles of shared borderlands. This is a crossroads for migrants seeking work in America, yet traffic flows both ways. Twenty billion dollars a year are sent back to Mexico by laborers, fueling the country with their second-largest revenue stream; and more American expatriates settle in Mexico than in any other country.
Mexico today is home to the New World's largest Catholic Church, the largest indigenous Mayan community in the Americas, and most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world. Discovery Atlas: Mexico Revealed explores this diverse region. Take a journey into the heart of the ancient, modern, restless and pristine in Discovery Atlas: Mexico Revealed. This fascinating voyage introduces you to storied traditions, rich heritage and unique citizens.