One idiot brilliantly observed that this genius plan might not work because “I think they have states, too.”
Wow. Yes, Mexico has 31 states, and one Federal District, presumably where the Federales park their horses. (A little backwater ranchito called Mexico City.)
But Mexico, as it turns out, also doesn’t have the name “Mexico.”
On its independence from madre España in 1821, Mexico became the Estados Unidos Mexicanos or “Mexican United States.” It’s said that this United States-like name inspired the also freedom-loving people south of the border, and the name became official in 1824.
Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon just sent the Mexican Congress proposed legislation to change the country’s name officially to simply “Mexico.”