... is nothing worth getting exciting over.
Mexican Independence is kind of perverse.
Here in the States we get this impression that a Mexican priest led a peasant revolt that freed Mexico from the shackles of the Spanish crown.
But lo and behold the peasants largely failed.
Mexican independence only happened because of Mexico's then ruling class - landowners, military and the clergy - bought into the idea.
But the only reason the ruling class bought into the idea was because Spain was having something of a liberal revolt. Liberals in Spain actually were reforming government. Spanish liberals were the ones promoting ideas of liberty, while the Mexican ruling class wanted to preserve the status quo.
The Mexican ruling class wanted to preserve the status quo so bad that instead of having a president, it had an Emperor.
Mexico's experiment in empire failed.
Mexico would dabble in republicanism for a while, but then eventually Mexican conservatives would bring a monarchy back to Mexico.
But then Mexico would tire of that, and go back to republicanism.
There is probably a reason for Mexico's messy history.
Unlike the US, Mexico lacked a frontier. It never had the frontier experience. More or less all the land in Mexico was owned by someone, it was not the free for all that US experienced as the US expanded its borders. Just imagine how different America would be if America were only the 13 colonies.
That being said, recently Mexico has had its shi*t together. And for the first time in a longtime, Mexico has many reasons to be optimistic about the future.