September 7th- November 30th
The process of mestizaje* in Mexico culminates with the independence from Spain after 300 years of genetic and cultural mixing of Indian with the Spanish. Before 1521 there were numerous pre-Columbian cultures with varying degrees of development. Before 1821 it was the viceroyalty of the New Spain that championed in this territory. Only after this last year is when you can talk about Mexico as a newborn unified country.
Mexico’s independence opens the doors to all nationalities, after having been closed for three centuries by the Spanish. Gauls, Anglo-Saxons, Germans, and visitors from many other non-Iberian origins in search of mining, agricultural and other powerful economic magnets, as well as mythical pre-Hispanic sites made the new world their home. Many of them settled permanently or for long periods of time. They all carried their cultural heritage and, with it, their food customs. Join us as we explore 100 years of Mexico, from its independence to the revolution. Mexico 1810-1910 begins September 7th.
*Mestizaje refers to racial and/or cultural mixing of Amerindians with Europeans.