Commentary on Latin America. Mostly about Mexico - but not always. Designed to encourage readers to learn about the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people spread across two continents - but not always. You can always count on a little snark.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
In the folder of correspondence from the department of tourist development for the state of Morelos I found an interesting note. It seems that in 1940 a local doctor sent a note to the tourist board and the governor making a little suggestion. He seemed to feel that the production and export of marijuana and amapola (poppies) might be damaging to Mexico's international image and to tourism and suggested that the police be clued in to this fact and increase their restrictions on the production and distribution of said goods. Flash forward 70 years...
Jason Dormady is currently an associate professor of history at Central Washington University where he teaches courses on Mexico, general Latin American topics, world history, and religion in Latin America. He is also a member of the CWU Latin@ and Latin American Studies program faculty. You can read about my research interests at Academia.
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