Thursday, January 31, 2008

State Day

Today is the 184th Anniversary of Querétaro's statehood, which is one of those things that never even occurred to me to wonder about. Because it didn't have the kind of slow, patchwork expansion that that US had, I just assumed that Mexico appeared in its present form after the War of Independence. But no. Apparently, Querétaro was in danger of being divvied up between the states of San Luis Potosí and the State of México, but managed (you didn't think the newspaper would explain how, did you?) to get ratified as its own entity on Jan. 31, 1824.

I haven't found much reliable information on the order in which the states (there are 32 of them) became states, but it looks like Zacatecas was first, in 1823, and then 16 states were admitted the following year. The last two - Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, were admitted in 1974.

So, happy birthday, Qro!

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