Message To America: From Mexico's President Luis Echeverr

As part of our Bicentennial observance, TIME asked leaders of nations round the world to address the American people through the pages of TlME on how they view the U.S. and what they hope — and expect — from the nation in the years ahead. This message from President Luis Echeverría Alvarez of Mexico is the sixth in the series.

The birth of the U.S. marked the first step in the decolonization of this continent, as well as the formation of a new society. The Declaration of Independence proclaimed in 1776 was a harvesting...

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