British immigration to Mexico

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British Mexican
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Total population
45,000
Regions with significant populations
Mexico City, followed by Hidalgo and Baja California Sur.
Languages
Mexican Spanish, Irish, English, Spanglish
Religion
Methodism, Anglicanism
Related ethnic groups
British, British Americans

British Mexicans are Mexican citizens of British descent or British-born persons residing in Mexico. The British community in Mexico is small but historically significant; it numbers ca. 3,320 British expatriates and thousands of people of British descent.

History[edit]

A Cornish mine in Real del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico

In the State of Hidalgo, in central Mexico, a local speciality originates from the Cornish pasty, called pastes which were introduced by immigrant miners from Cornwall who were contracted in the silver mining towns of Real del Monte and Pachuca. The majority of migrants to this region came from what is now termed the Cornish "central mining district" of Camborne and Redruth. Real del Monte's steep streets, stairways and small squares are lined with low buildings and many houses with high sloping roofs and chimneys which indicate a Cornish influence. It was the Cornish who first introduced football to Pachuca and indeed Mexico. As well as other popular sports such as Rugby union, Tennis, Cricket, Polo, and Chess. Mexican remittances from these minors helped to build the Wesleyan Chapel in Redruth. The twin silver mining settlements of Pachuca and Real del Monte are being marketed as of 2007 as 'Mexico's Little Cornwall' by the Mexican Embassy in London and represent the first attempt by the Spanish speaking part of the Cornish diaspora to establish formal links with Cornwall.[1] The Mexican Embassy in London is also trying to establish a town twinning arrangement with Cornwall. In 2008 thirty members of the Cornish Mexican Cultural Society travelled to Mexico to try and re-trace the path of their ancestors who set off from Cornwall to start a new life in Mexico.[2][3][4]

Institutions[edit]

British immigrants established several institutions of their own, among others:

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