I thought it was interesting that Jeb Bush recommended Margaret Thatcher be on the $10 bill when asked which women should be honored on US currency. Umm…that’s awkward, given that the US fought a war of independence to be free of Britain.
Apparently, historical amnesia is common throughout North America. September 15th is when Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain, or according to almost half the population, just celebrates (forgetting the whole Spain part of the picture). In a recent survey, only half of the polled population knew that Mexico got its independence from Spain. 13% actually thought the colonial master had been the US!
Here’s some other depressing tidbits:
a. Despite the fact that the Mexican President gives his yearly “grito”, where he loudly proclaims the heroes of Mexican independence, when asked about the identity of these heroes, only 26% of the polled could name Miguel Hidalgo, who started the independence movement, 12% didn’t know what to respond, and 25% named figures from different eras of Mexican history.
b. Poor Hidalgo is probably spinning in his grave when he learned that 25% of the polled thought Mexico would be better off today if it was still a colony of Spain. And Spain still has an unemployment rate of over 22%!
h/t to Alejandro Villagomez, a friend and former colleague (@)