How come Mexico speaks Spanish when Spain is in Europe

How come Mexico speaks Spanish when Spain is in Europe?

Mexico, as a country it speaks nothing.
Incredibly, much like the US, it has no actual oficial language.
Spanish is the most spoken language due to our colonization by Spain.
However, like much of latin america, after independence, it’s sort of Spanish evolved into something slightly different (while still inteligible).
It is very similar to how American English is different to British English.
Another country that has this same situation is Brazil (it’s population speaks Portuguese and are very far away from Portugal).
Usually is because of a history of colonization.
(Most of Latin America and Africa are in this situation: Venezuelans speak Spanish, Senegalese speak French and so on).
We have communities that speak indigenous languages, we have a significant population that speaks english as a second language (plus expats and tourists).
This is usually true on all countries that were colonized by european powers.
But yes, most of the population is spanish-speaking.
Boggles the mind that it is not named Mexican.
The same way it is mind-twisting that I am writing on english and not Unitedstatesamericanese.

From 1521 to 1821, Mexico was the Viceroyalty of New Spain, a Spanish colony that comprised modern Mexico, the southwestern United States, Central America down to Panama, Cuba and the Philippines, all administered from the capital of Mexico City, built over the Mexica capital city of Tenochtitlan (the Mexica were one of many Amerindian societies effectively conquered by the Spanish, mostly destroyed by diseases against which they had no immunity).
Spanish was the official language and served as the unifying language for the entire colony (and other Spanish colonies, like the Viceroyalties of Peru, the River Plate and New Grenada in South America), while Spanish authorities made a concerted effort to stamp out local culture and replace it with their own (which only kinda sorta worked; most Mexicans by far are Roman Catholics, but still celebrate the Day of the Dead).
After the Mexican Empire secured its independence, Spanish was the lingua franca of the country and, although indigenous languages like Náhuatl and Maya would survive, was the only language spoken in the whole country.
Mexican Spanish isn’t quite the same as the Spanish from Spain, though.
Words from local languages made their way in and the language evolved by itself in the colony, Empire and Republic.
The Mexican dialect of Spanish and other dialects are generally perfectly mutually intelligible, but they do sound different and some words change.

How come America speaks English when England is in Europe?
Have you ever heard of something called colonialism? This is when one country conquers and settles another country or territory.
In the 14th Century, a lot of European countries, especially Spain, Portugal, Britain, France and the Netherlands, were busy exploring the globe.
Wherever they found new territories, they would stick a flag in it and claim it for themselves.
They would then fight wars against the indigenous people, and each other, to establish their rule in these new territories.
As part of the colonisation process, these European powers often committed cultural and linguistic genocide on the people they conquered and forced their own languages, religious beliefs, and cultures on these people.
Mexico became Spanish-speaking because it was conquered and colonised by Spain.
If they had been colonised by Britain, they would probably now be speaking English.

Why do Canada and USA speak English when England is in Europe?
Because Canada and USA were conquered by England, just like Mexico was conquered by Spain.
After Spain conquered the Aztecs in Mexico, they established their imperial capital in the former Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.
The Spanish went on to conquer a large empire in the Americas that stretched from north/central USA to southern Argentina.
This empire lasted for 300 years, from 1521 to 1821.
This is why a large part of the Americas speaks Spanish.
The Spanish heavily imposed their culture and language on the native populations of Mexico, as in the rest of Latin America.
They suppressed native languages and cultures in favor of the Spanish language and culture.
They baptized the indigenous people and gave them Spanish Christian names.
Many of the Spanish intermarried with the natives in order to assimilate them to Spanish culture, which is why many Mexicans and Latin Americans in general are mestizos.
However, there was also a large number of pure Spanish descendants that settled in the, and they were the rulers of the colonies and the wealthiest.
This continues in Latin America today, where the wealthiest people are of pure European descent.
So that is why Mexico speaks Spanish.

The reason why Spanish is the predomint (yet not official) language in Mexico is the 300-year rule of Spain over the territories today known as Mexico.
The Spanish “conquistadors” aarived in Mexico in 1519, and two years later, managed to siege and capture Mexico-Tecnochtitlan, capital of the largest empire in North America, the Mexica Empire (usually known as ‘Aztec’), establishing a viceroyalty called New Spain.
Over the next half century, the Spaniards continued invading and conquering the rest of the local kingdoms, expanding New Spain, going far as south as Guatemala and Belize, and far as north as California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.
During the period of Spanish dominance, the Spaniards imposed their culture, religion, government and language on the locals, else they faced death penalty.
Ever since, a small group of people, never surpassing 5 million individuals, have preserved their cultuiral identity and language by settling down in areas of difficult access for Europeans and Mexicans.
However, the lands they live in are not particularly productive and food supply has always been an issue.
The latter encourages many young man and women from these communities to migrate to the cities, where they are forced to learn Spanish for survival reasons.

How come you’ve never heard of the discovery, conquist and colonization of America (as a continent, not the U.
S)?
Have you ever wondered how do you speak English even though England is in Europe?
This is taught to all kids in primary school.
It’s common knowlegde.
You should read this (I put links to Wikipedia because it’s too long to write here):
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