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Launch Point

May 05, 1999

This week's subject: Mexico

Mexico is a land of rich history and wonderful contrasts. It was home to sophisticated ancient cultures, yet was forced to struggle for many years for its independence. Today's Cinco de Mayo celebration commemorates the Mexicans' victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Much of Mexico is a vast inland plateau, but it is also known for such wondrous ocean creatures as the gray whale and the sea turtle. To learn more about Mexico, the homeland of many California residents, go to The Times' Launch Point Web site: http://www.latimes.com/launch/.

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