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The Emblem in the middle of the Mexican flag recalls an old Indian legend; according to this the Aztec people would find their permanent home at the spot where they saw an eagle standing on a cactus holding a serpent in its beak. This they did in 1325 and subsequently built the city of Tenochtitlan on the site- an island in the middle of a lake. This is now the centre of Mexico City.

Cortez defeated the Aztecs and razed the city, which by this time had a population of over 500 000, in 1521. Growing discontent with Spanish rule led in due course to open revolt; final independence came on 27 September 1821. The State Emblem was first adopted in 1823 and the eagle and snake have served ever since as the Emblem or Arms of successive republics and empires. The Emblem was re-approved in 1934 and slightly modified in 1968 at the time of the Mexico Olympics. The colours of the flag - green, white and red - were established in 1821.

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