why is the gulf of Mexico name the way it is?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    --It is a body of water bounded on the southwest and south by Mexico.So it was named Gulf of Mexico.See below the etymology of the word Mexico ----- The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. Considered a smaller part of the Atlantic Ocean, it is an ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and south by Mexico, and on the southeast by Cuba. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Mexico ----------- Etymology

    Toponymy of Mexico

    After New Spain won independence from Spain, it was decided that the new country would be named after its capital, Mexico City, which was founded in 1524 on top of the ancient Aztec capital of México-Tenochtitlan. The origin of the name of the city comes from the Nahuatl language, where Mextli or Mēxihtli, a secret name for the god of war and patron of the Aztecs, Huitzilopochtli, in which case Mēxihco means "Place where Mēxihtli lives". Another hypothesis is that the word Mēxihco derives from the mētztli ("moon"), xictli ("navel", "center" or "son"), and the suffix -co (place), in which case it means "Place at the center of the moon" or "Place at the center of the Lake Moon", in reference to Lake Texcoco. The system of interconnected lakes, of which Texcoco was at the center, had the form of a rabbit, the same image that the Aztecs saw in the moon. Tenochtitlan was located at the center (or navel) of the lake (or rabbit/moon).[21] Still another hypothesis suggests that it is derived from Mēctli, the goddess of maguey.

    The name of the city was transliterated to Spanish as México with the phonetic value of the x in Medieval Spanish, which represented the voiceless postalveolar fricative /ʃ/. This sound, as well as the voiced postalveolar fricative /ʒ/, represented by a j, evolved into a voiceless velar fricative /x/ during the sixteenth century. This led to the use of the variant Méjico in many publications in Spanish, most notably in Spain, whereas in Mexico and some other Spanish–speaking countries México was the preferred spelling. In recent years the Real Academia Española, which regulates the Spanish language, determined that both variants are acceptable in Spanish but that the normative recommended spelling is México. The majority of publications in all Spanish-speaking countries now adhere to the new norm, even though the alternative variant is still occasionally used. In English, the x in Mexico represents neither the original nor the current sound, but the consonant cluster /ks/. The official name of the country has had some changes since its creation, starting as the First Mexican Empire (1821-1823), United Mexican States (1824-1836), Mexican Republic (1836 - 1863) followed by the Second Mexican Empire (1863-1867) and finally since the Constitution of 1917 as the United Mexican States.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico#Etymology Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GulfofMexico3D.p... ------ Image of maps of Gulf of Mexico http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&q=MAP%20GULF%...

  • 4 years ago

    You can't rename it because that would have profound political impacts, unlike Pluto. A change to Gulf of America (which would be untrue because the gulf stream is essential for the whole world in terms of temperature transfer and thus aquatic life) would indicate an absurd claim by the US. You can guess what's coming next. Also, I believe it is named Gulf of Mexico because the ocean currents first pass northern South America and Central America and then flow past North America, right between Cuba and Mexico. It is there that the currents change their direction and head for the northern hemispheres of the Atlantic. Which further links back as to why it can't/shouldn't be renamed. Finally, why change something that everyone is perfectly happy with?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is a gulf on the shores of Mexico, hence, Gulf of Mexico

  • Z!™
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    1 decade ago

    The Gulf was unnamed until the early 1540s and was considered part of the Atlantic Ocean. The Spanish name most often applied to it was Seno Mexicano (seno="gulf" or "bay"), although it was occasionally referred to as Golfo de Nueva España, or Golfo de México.

    http://www.gulfmex.org/facts.htm

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It 'may' have been named that EARLY on in time.

    While it Borders quite a bit of the Mexico coast....it ALSO borders MANY American States, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida!

    I'd say that is the Reason it's named as such.

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