Hispanic Heritage
Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.79

     challenging words:    revolt, rung, lasted, free, army, lights, freedom, country, ruler, early, charge, speech, rule, fight, leader, church
     content words:    United States, New Spain, Native Americans, On September, Father Hidalgo, Independence Day

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Mexican Independence Day
By Cathy Pearl

1     Mexico has not always been a free country. It had to fight to get its freedom like the United States did. Today, Mexico celebrates its independence.
2     Spain ruled Mexico for many years. This started when Columbus discovered the new land. Spain was excited about this land. They sent men over to look for gold and silver.
3     At that time the Aztecs were in charge. Spain sent an army and attacked them. Many people living in Mexico helped the Spanish. They thought the Aztecs were mean people. Others in Mexico wanted them to lose. What people didn't know was that Spain was also a hard ruler.

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