Why is it called the gulf of mexico?

Is the gulf part of Mexico, does it belong to Mexico?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The gulf of Mexico was around long before the United States grew around it. Remember that present-day Texas was once part of Mexico. So, remember that when it was named, the Gulf of Mexico had its longest section of coastline in Mexico.

  • 4 years ago

    possibly John000 is possibly precise. Texas grew to become into area of Mexico, Florida grew to become right into a Spanish Colony and Louisiana grew to become into French. So by employing the time Gulf Coast became area of the u . s . the call grew to become into already settled. good question nonetheless. we are going to see if somebody has a definitive answer.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think that it's something like from the shore to about 12 miles out actually belongs to the country, the rest is international. At least, I think that's how it works for most waters. Sorry, I'm not sure.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is called that way because it is formed mostly by the Mexican Atlantic Coastline

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  • 1 decade ago

    becasue it's a shallow basin not a true part of the ocean

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