Discovering  Mexico
At the end of a hard century, writes Michael Parfit in the August 1996 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, “Mexico is struggling. This country, 756,000 square miles of deserts, forests, highlands, volcanoes, endless seashores, and trembling earth, populated by 95 million people, is classified in the jargon of world economics as a ‘developing nation.’ ” In other ways Mexico is poised to emerge as a world leader. To capture the essence of today’s enigmatic Mexico, the magazine sent four photographers and a team of writers across the border.

San Cristóbal Cathedral, Chiapas.
Photograph by Tomasz Tomaszewski

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