One of the things that I discussed with the guys mentioned in this post was the reasons behind such a strong relationship between Mexico and Germany. The largest Deutsche Schule outside of Germany operates in Mexico City, and there are many Germans in Mexico and Mexicans in Germany, due to the strong FDI by companies like Volkswagen and student exchange ties. according to an article I read in the Reforma newspaper a couple of years back, there were more Mexicans registered in the embassy in Germany than in Spain!). Why is it so?
- Alexander von Humboldt, German scholar, visited Mexico at the beginning of the 19th century during his research trip through Latin America. That gave the country some visibility in the illustrated circles of the time.
- The Hanseatic and Prussian states were some of the first European countries that recognised Mexican independence.
- During the 19th century, Germany was the only great power that didn't try to conquer Mexico after its independence. Spain tried, France did for a while, the UK harassed the country a couple of times (and helped it a couple too), and of course we know about the results of the Mexican-American war.
- Furthermore, during the Great War, Germany even tried to convince Mexico to enter on their side, with the ruse of offering support in the reconquest of lost territories. However, Mexico was in the middle of the Mexican Revolution, and to make matters worse, when the proposal, known as the Zimmermann note, reached U.S. hands, they declared war on Germany.
For more information, you might want to check this note here.