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The Royal Academy of the Spanish Languaje changed the spelling of words in 1754 when published the new edition of "Ortografia de la lengua castellana", which pretty much defined modern spelling. One of the changes was that the /h/ sound would be spelled with j instead of x, while x would only represent the /x/ sound. Many words that had an X had to change ...
The official name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos or Mexican United States and it is only used in government official documents. The United States was added in part inspired by our northern neighbors, United States of America. In normal conversation we use only México. There are some efforts by some politicians to change the official name to just México.
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